Friday, January 25, 2013

Five top books on happiness

One title on the Barnes & Noble Review's list of five top books on happiness:
Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life
By Winifred Gallagher

Might the fullest life be found by those with the ability to sharply "zoom in" on their passions? In Rapt, Winifred Gallagher posits that our mood is most directly in tune with that upon which we choose to focus our attention. Productivity clich├ęs get deflated along the way, as when Gallagher cognitive scientist David Meyer states that "Einstein didn't invent the theory of relativity while multi-tasking at the Swiss patent office." Gallagher’s thesis -- that catharsis is found in clarifying our interests and devoting to them the emphasis they deserve -- brings pinpoint precision to a field often jumbled by generality.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see: six books that examine the idea of happiness, five top books on happiness through negative thinking, and Maria Popova's seven top books on happiness.

--Marshal Zeringue