Thursday, August 13, 2015


Just about anyone above ground knows the Pharrell Williams song Happy from the soundtrack of the movie Despicable Me 2. With its upbeat tempo and sing-a-long words it can almost guarantee to put the listener in a great mood. The movie DVD can be found at the Monrovia Public Library, along with some other mood enhancers - some great self-help books on how to be happy.

Critics called The Happiness Project a self-help book for people who dislike self-help books. In this delightfully wise and often practical book author Jennifer Rubin decides that time is fleeting and she takes a year to study how to become more content. A huge bestseller, The Happiness Project heads many lists of must read titles.

The always snappy columnist and novelist Anna Quindlen has written a petite book that can be read at lunchtime. A Short Guide to a Happy Life gives common sense suggestions for living a life rich in simple everyday joys.

The Dalai Lama takes on the real world of turmoil, depression, fear and anger and guides readers to adapt a more spiritual and compassionate outlook in The Art of Happiness. Not overtly religious in tone, the book emphasizes the use of meditation and other sources of peace and inspiration. 

Russell Simmons, music producer and philanthropist, suggests that limiting whining, negativism and too much self-interest is a great step toward happiness. His Do You: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success also gives concrete examples for inspiration self-motivation.

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