As I look back on 2016, and my past in general, I find one of my favorite reading topics is on happiness and positive psychology.
Recently, I finished reading 10% Happier, which is about the news anchor, Dan Harris, and his personal path to discovering meditation and Buddhism. I read Tuesdays with Morrie twice, most recently this last December. I read the popular book Grit by Angela Duckworth. It was a great read. Definitely recommend it. I’m also a fan of Shawn Achor, having read both Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage. One of my favorite positive psychology books is Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. And I’m currently reading The Happiness Project.
However, I don’t know if it’s because I’m happier after reading these books or is it because I’m unhappy and that’s why I’m reading them. It’s like the chicken and the egg paradox.
Another thought is that maybe it’s just my interest. I do remember I wrestled with the questions of happiness when I was younger. What it means and how to attain it. It’s an aged question but the pursuit for the answer has always fascinated me.
I suppose the simple answer is to just do what makes me feel happy, like photography, writing, web development, guitar, and reading.
I hope to share other interesting books on this blog. Meanwhile you can find me on Goodreads.com. It’s a great website for tracking all the books you’ve read, been reading, and wants to read.