Books/Happiness Practices

Loosen Up Laughter with Music

Giggles Galore Read Aloud Books

Books to Bring Your Happy Self to Life

Books to Bring Your Full Fun Self to Work

"How To" Books - Laugh to Learn in Education

"How To" Books - Nuture Happy Kids

"How to" Books to Nuture Your Child's Sense of Humor

"How To " Books - Laugh to Bring Out the Healing Power of Humor


Books to Help Bring Your Happy Self to Life
ipopins - the one minute affirmations
Warning:  prolonged use of positive thinking may create a permanent positive attitude

The How of Happiness: The Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D.
from a reader:
"I am kind of a sceptic when it comes to books about "happiness" and especially those who claim to be "how-to" books. But this author is not just telling us what "works for her"... Dr.Lyubomirsky is telling us what works for a lot of people as proven by scientific research. That is something I can have some faith in."

Laughter Therapy: How to Laugh About Everything in Your Life That Isn't Really Funny
Annette Goodheart Ph.D.
review by Kathie McWilliams, Executive Director of Joyful Child
In her book, Laughter Therapy, Annette Goodheart explains that her goal in writing it is to empower one to bring more healing laughter into one's life and to become "laughter independent." She outlines three myths about laughter that keep us from laughing. The first myth is that we must have a reason to laugh; the second is that we laugh because we are happy; and the third is that a sense of humor is the same thing as laughter. She dispels these myths and reveals what she believes to be the reality of laughter.

The Power of Nice by

Linda Kaplan Thaler, Robin Koval

from a reader:
First of alll, this isn't the usual kind of book I read. I have not read any of the other "self help" authors, but did pick up on a lot of use from the magazines I read. And there are parts that reminded me of Richard Simmons or Oprah. But it didn't bother me so much to get in a little "niceness". It was refreshing to read about how "nice" can work instead of "mean". I have certainly not know anyone to focus on such before. I picked this up since a friend mentioned how much this book helped them be a better person in their professional life. After reading it I think there's a lot to be said about the power of nice. Nice guys can win... ...and you can be a nice guy and be a winner too.

The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life
by Martha Beck

from a reader:
This book was a surprising help to change my life for the better. It really had some great ideas to follow to add fun back into my life! As a recovering workaholic, the ideas in this book really showed me things missing from my life & small steps I could take to make changes.

How Full Is Your Bucket?
Positive Strategies for Work and Life
by Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton
from a reader
"My Dad gave me this book. I read it and was so moved by it's positive and practical wisdom. My boyfriend Geoff (goes to a different High School) read it and passed it on. Since then all of my friends (and Geoff's) have bought a copy, as well as our teachers and parents. This book multiplies!"

from a reader:
"Written with the simple concept that we all have this bucket that we carry around with us all the time, every place we go. In this bucket we keep our emotions. Sometimes we add to our bucket, a kind word, a pat on the shoulder - usually little things, rarely big things like a raise or promotion. Sometimes we dip things out of our bucket, a negative thought, a cruel deed.
The rewards of a full bucket are immense, not only a generally more productive life, but a longer happier life. Strange as it may seem, happy people live about ten years longer than grouchy people. This little book, only 128 pages won't take you long to read. The lessons in it are simple, straight forward, and easy to implement. It makes you feel better, it makes the people with whom you interact feel better, and you'll live longer."


by Joel Goodman
Book Description
Joel Goodman brings you 52 weeks of ideas to strengthen your sense of humor. Each month starts with a humorous insight from Ziggy . The remaining days include quotes and questions, along with practical tips designed to make you smile. Quotes come from legendary greats--Bill Cosby, Goldie Hawn, Jerry Seinfeld and many, many more!


Positive Energy:10 Extraordinary Prescriptions for Transforming Fatigue, Stress, and Fear into Vibrance, Strength, and Love
by Judith Orloff, M.D.
from a reader
Wow. What can I say? Well, first I would like to thank Dr. Judith Orloff for taking the time to write this book. It was wonderful. I currently attend Manhattanville college in Purchase NY and I study "Positivity on my spare time" I also started a URL called PositiveFeelingsRule dotcom. When I found this book I was so excited to read it that it only took me 1 day. So I am now reading it for a second time, writing notes. The steps and examples Dr. Judith Orloff gives are well explained. Orloff gives the ordinary person tips on how to how to relax in this chaotic world. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in changing their life! Please feel free to ask me further questions. You can contact me on my site.

Positive Feelings Rule!


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