6 Picks: Books for a Happier Soul

6 Picks: Books for a Happier Soul

The books that make you smile and give you hope are the very ones that uplift your soul. You know the ones, those you are happy to invest in, keep handy for a quick hit of inspiration, recommend to others, and often re-read. But individual “uplifting” is subjective and highly personal. What might be soul-inspiring in you, may not have the same effect on me—and vice versa.

Books Uplift is the place for recommending wonderful, uplifting, and inspiring books that put a smile on your face and happiness in your soul.

Of course, you’ll find plenty other books and articles here, but when it comes to uplifting? Yeah, this is the site. I have a few of my favorites listed here, on the uplifting books column. I’ve read each one and when I get that hit of “ahh inspiring” wisdom, I add it to that list. However, this list is far from comprehensive. New books are published each day and I’m constantly receiving new reads that inspire me in so many unique ways.

As do you. Fiction, non-fiction, stories, or self-help, I invite you to add the titles you love below that contribute to your happier soul. And to kick-start your brainstorming, here are six picks readers have recommended that have the uplifting, happiness quotient we all crave.

The Tiny Warrior: A Path to Personal Discovery and Achievement by D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas. Noted Native American speaker turned author, D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas taps into his Ottawa Indian roots and experiences as an officer in the U. S. Air Force to encourage you to tap into your inner power. When you learn how to identify, tap into, and channel your inner assets, you will understand how you can uplift your soul along with others in your community. Vanas also includes “Reflections and Breakthroughs” space at the end of the book for you to record your own revelations on each chapter.

The Meaning of Happiness by Alan Watts. Drawing on Eastern philosophy, Western mysticism, and analytic psychology, Watts demonstrates that happiness comes from accepting both the outer world around us and the inner world inside us. He challenges the norm of thinking happiness is external and rather guides how embracing life as a whole in all its contradictions and paradoxes—“the way of acceptance”—is the only path for cultivating and sustaining a happier life.

Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live by Mari L. McCarthy. This uplifting book provides a deeper look at how therapeutic journaling can help everyone, from working through difficult decisions to shedding emotional distress. Letting go of this “brain weight” and putting it down on paper is proven to help restore the body’s equilibrium, removing stress by exploring ideas, fears, and self-defeating thoughts. Author and expert Mari L. McCarthy cites experts on their proof that therapeutic writing and journaling can have health benefits that last for months and even require fewer visits to the doctor.

The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness by Robert J. Waldinger and Marc Schultz, Ph.D. The stronger our relationships, the more likely we are to live happy, satisfying, and overall healthier lives. This, and other invaluable insights from the revealing personal stories of hundreds of participants in the Harvard Study, are the foundation for this handbook for living the good life.

Human Kind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time by Brad Aronson. The goal of this book is simple and noble: Gratitude. To be more specific, this book is designed to share author Brad Aronson’s gratefulness for the blessings in his own life and the outpouring of kindness he and his wife received when she was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Wake Up Grateful: The Transformative Process of Taking Nothing for Granted by Kristi Nelson. Providing five strategies, or touchstones, that guide you on a happiness path, inspire gratitude, and give you strength when your confidence waivers is the heart of this transformative book. The author shares how being grateful changes you and your relationships with others and with the practice of daily gratitude you’ll be better able to discern your path and your tribe and make space for the extraordinary opportunities that await you.

Images Courtesy of New World Library, Hasmark Publishing, Storey Publishing- Hatchette Book Group, and WunderkindPR 

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