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On The Happiness Experiment bookshelf: my 20 favourite books from 2012

It’s the time of year when Best of… lists proliferate, so not to be outdone I have decided to create my own.  This is a very personal list of books which have helped me on my happiness journey, the majority of the books were newly published this year but some were just new to me.  I have listed them in no particular order of preference as I think all are of merit and it would be difficult to choose one over another.  It is very difficult to narrow the list down to just 20 as there are many more I could have included, but in the true spirit of Best of… list making I have been strict with myself.  Please let me know if there are any wonderful new books which have escaped my attention and which you think I should have included on this list.  Which books would your top 20 include?

1. Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

Susan Cain’s TED talk entitled The Power of Introverts and her book QuietRead the rest...

Self help shouldn’t be a dirty word

“Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune” Jim Rohn

I have always been a great believer in life-long education and I think that self-education is just as important if not more so than the formal education we receive in our traditional academic institutions. This self-education can take the form of participating in short courses or workshops but can also take the form of reading and putting in to practice what one has read. I would entirely agree with the quote above from Jim Rohn as I think the education you give yourself after you leave school or university is far more important than any paper qualification you may walk away with, although admittedly employers always like to see the pretty pieces of paper.  For this reason I was pleased to come across the following article by Jules Evans on his Philosphy for Life blog.  I liked the article because of its honesty and its wisdom and that for me is what… Read the rest...

A morality tale from a tabloid hack

Today’s feature on taking a wise approach to happiness is written by Jules Evans, policy director at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. Jules is also a journalist and author of the book Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations and he is co-organiser of The London Philosophy Club.

This interview, which Jules Evans conducted with tabloid hack Graham Johnson, recounts how even a hardened hack is capable of shifting his mindset and finding a new route to happiness and fulfillment.  Johnson’s initiation into a new way of thinking began through reading Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton which has been featured in several of our blog posts.  Jules Evans goes on to recount how further discoveries of the teachings of ancient philosophers gradually encouraged Graham Johnson to re-examine his values and to adopt a radically new approach to journalism.  Enjoy the article.

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Making Positive Psychology Wiser

Making Positive Psychology Wiser

Psychology without philosophy is blind, Philosophy without psychology is empty (James Hume)

There’s a possibility that the 21st century could be the century when we finally get to understand more about how to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Compared to our ancestors of just a century ago we enjoy better health, greater material riches and have a richer understanding of psychological problems such as depression and anxiety. But are we happier or more fulfilled? Perhaps not. As the French existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre said “Everything has been figured out except how to live.”

There’s at least one reason for thinking that things might change for the better. Since 1998 American psychologist Martin Seligman has led the “Positive Psychology” movement which aims to put human well-being on a scientific footing.… Read the rest...