This collection of resources on happiness will offer you many lenses, content, and material from around the web.
Our curated collection is frequently being updated, so if you have anything to add, please let us know.

Some important notes about this content:
Resources are organized as pertaining to each happiness Type. Specifically, this page contains resources about Happiness types 1, 2, and 3.
These first 3 Happiness Types refer to “Happiness” in the more Hedonic sense, as opposed to “Joy” in the Eudaimonic sense. Read our page “Happiness vs. Joy” to learn more about that distinction.
You can find similar resources pertaining to Type 4 Happiness (“Joy”) on the Resources for Meaning page.

General / Overview Resources

Articles

General

On the Nature of Happiness

Well-Being and the World

On Work (See Bliss Map)

Cutting Through the Fluff

On the Pursuit Paradox

  • Why It’s Time to Stop Pursuing Happiness – Positive thinking and visualizing success can be counterproductive – happily, other strategies for fulfillment are available.
  • Is “arrival fallacy” affecting your happiness? – Ticked that major life goal off your list only to find that it didn’t bring the instant happiness, gratification, and contentment you were hoping for? You might have fallen foul of the “arrival fallacy”. Here’s how to get some perspective, so you can learn to live in the moment.
  • Happiness Is Not Enough – Constantly striving for happiness in the face of life’s challenges can be just as bad as being miserable all the time.
  • Measuring Your Happiness Can Help Improve It – This article points out how self-assessment can aid in improving happiness, but note that it doesn’t address the pursuit paradox sufficiently.

Organizations & Websites

Organizations and Websites

  • Authentic Happiness – An online hub for positive psychology by Dr. Seligman himself.
  • Happiness Research Institute – These are folks responsible for the global happiness counts.
  • Happify.com – “Our vision is to use cutting-edge science and innovative technology to empower individuals to lead happier, more fulfilling lives.”
  • PositiveRoutines.com – A fun blog on happiness and all of its satellites.
  • Project Happiness GlobalAn inspiring project with the aim of reaching 10 million people with their educational curriculums, articles, and products.
  • All Articles on The Atlantic by Arthur Brooks – An extensive collection of quality articles covering happiness. Very quality writing and editing, and note that Brooks is a professor of management, and can sometimes take an overly capitalistic view of a well-lived life.

Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center – One of the most informative sources for all things in happiness research and positive psychology.

Videos

My Philosophy for a Happy Life
Sam Berns, who passed away from Progeria shortly after this TED talk, divulges his secrets to living happily.

Why are we Happy? Why Aren’t We Happy? – Dan Gilbert
Dan Gilbert, the author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want.

Books

**The 5 books below are our favorite all-around books on well-being. These would be the books to read if you wanted to cover a lot of ground and cover it well.

And, there are SO MANY books with priceless insights on well-being. For a more comprehensive list of books by category, check out the ‘Happiness’ Books page.

Flourish by Martin Seligman
Seligman, the founder of modern positive psychology, wrote this book as a revision/follow-up to his groundbreaking Authentic Happiness. And this book is even better.

If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy? by Raj Raghunathan
One of the most comprehensively researched books on well-being, it nevertheless presents unique ideas. Especially geared toward those who have prioritized success yet not found ‘happiness.’

The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Though the statement on its cover has since been refuted, Lyubomirsky provides one of the most comprehensive-yet-practical overviews on well-being in this book.

Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization
When psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman first discovered Maslow’s unfinished theory of transcendence, sprinkled throughout a cache of unpublished journals, lectures, and essays, he felt a deep resonance with his own work and life. In this groundbreaking book, Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, unraveling the mysteries of his unfinished theory, and integrating these ideas with the latest research on attachment, connection, creativity, love, purpose, and other building blocks of a life well-lived.

Flourishing: Positive Psychology and the Life Well-Lived
Distinguished scholars apply scientific analyses to study the good life, expanding the scope of social and psychological research to include happiness, well-being, courage, citizenship, play, and the satisfactions of healthy work and healthy relationships. This book reads like a decent synopsis of positive psychology research, written by some of the foremost leaders in the field.

Movies

The Pursuit
A documentary following the work of Arthur Brooks, who travels the world asking people how we lift up the well-being of ourselves and each other. You can watch the full film on youtube here.

Happy People, A Year In The Taiga
A documentary sharing the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century. (IMDB)(Amazon)

Podcasts

  • How to Build a Happy Life – Arthur C. Brooks seeks to uncover how we can live more joyful lives. You can see the articles he writes for the Atlantic and NYT here.
  • BeingWell Podcast – A podcast on all things well-being, from Rick Hanson.
  • The Science of Happiness Podcast – From the Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, this is an overall podcast on research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life.

Episode Highlights

Apps

Element #1: Ephemeral Pleasures

Letting Things Be Simple

On Hygge (checkout the page HERE)

Understanding Pleasure

On Stuff

More on Ephemeral Pleasures

#1 Videos

In-Shadow: A Modern Odyssey
A visually rich art piece that begs to confront life deeper than the surface level, even if it’s hard.

#1 Books

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again
If you’re not having fun, you’re not fully living. The author of How to Break Up with Your Phone makes the case that, far from being frivolous, fun is actually critical to our well-being—and shows us how to have more of it.

The Gift of Nothing
A simple yet insightful children’s book story. You can see a reading of it on youtube here.

#1 Quotes

Whoever dies with the most toys wins” — bumper sticker
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates
“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Possessions are usually diminished by possession.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon

“We are nourished by novelty. Too much sameness and the world goes gray.” – Melissa Kirsch, New York Times

“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
“If you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.” – Anonymous
“Every seeming end we seek — love, money, purpose, the perfect cappuccino — we seek as a means to happiness, and yet happiness defies the usual laws of effort and achievement: The more ferociously we try to attain it, the more it eludes us.” – Agnes Martin
“A sailboat without a sail might float. For a long time, in fact. But without a sail, it can’t go anywhere, can’t fulfill its function. Floating is insufficient.” – Seth Godin

“On the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time.
But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons.” – Douglas Adams

#1 Snippets

Element #2: Flow & Engagement

What Is Flow:

Flow with Happiness

Organizations:

  • Flow Genome Project – “We are running the largest open-sourced, citizen science project in optimal well-being. Using research from the world’s leading universities and institutions, we design trainings to advance the science and application of Flow.”

On Productivity & Focus

#2 Videos

Insight and Explanation from the psychologist behind Flow research, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

How to stop languishing and start finding flow
Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doomscrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? Chances are you’re languishing, says organizational psychologist Adam Grant.

#2 Books

Element #3: Perspective

On the Nature of Happiness:

On Practice and Over-Practice:

On Identity:

More on Perspective

#3 Videos

How to Practice Vipassana Meditation – A straight-forward instructional video on how to practice Vipassana meditation.

Vipassana Meditation and Body Sensation – A straight-forward instructional video on how to practice Vipassana meditation.

Vipassana, Happiness, and the Art of Living – A bit more information about Vipassana: the method, some history, and real-world stories.

A deeper materialism: Michael Stone at TEDxToronto – Michael Stone, Canadian Yoga and meditation teacher, reigns in spirituality as material and utilitarian, offering tools like meditation for our own well-being.

30 Minute Restorative Yoga and Meditation – A quick follow-along video of yoga and meditation to set your mind and body at ease. Enjoy!

The Power of Cutting Off & Letting Go – A lengthy classic lecture from renowned monk Thich Nhat Hanh on the reasons for, practice of, and effects from letting go.

5 Ways to Misery – Effective strategies for getting the worst out of life.

Happiness is all in your mind: Gen Kelsang Nyema – “Happiness is all in your mind” says this monk, who gives the why’s and how’s for this essential aspect of Buddhism.

#3 Books

#3 Quotes

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Happiness is pervasive.
It is everywhere… When we are unhappy it is because something is covering our minds and we are not able to be aware of happiness. When the difficulty is past we find happiness again.
It is not that happiness is all around us. That is not it at all. It is not this or that or in this or that.
It is an abstract thing.
Happiness is unattached. Always the same. It does not appear and disappear. It is not sometimes more and sometimes less. It is our awareness of happiness that goes up and down.
Happiness is our real condition.” – Agnes Martin, Paintings, Writings, Remembrances

“We are shaped by our thoughts. We become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

“My opinion is that you never find happiness until you stop looking for it.” – Chang Tzu

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

#3 Snippets

No End to the Wisdom…

We live in an interesting time: a person today can, if they wish, access and collect more information about the world in a single hour than a medieval human could hope to in a lifetime.

Thus, our task as modern humans seeking wisdom is often one of discernment rather than collection.
There is plenty of wisdom out there. We need only to choose it…wisely.

That’s where we come in. And you can help. If you have more fun findings to contribute to pages like this, please let us know.
And check back from time to time. We will add more to this page and other resource pages consistently.