The list author says: "These are books that I have loved for many years, that I return to regularly, that been foundational works of wisdom and insight that have transformed my perspective on what it means to live, to live well, to be happy."
"This amazing book calls its readers to live life like a 'scamp,' aimless and playful. It also argues that 'Human happiness is physical happiness' and provides wonderful essays on how to lie on your bed and daydream, how to read books, how to sit."
"Part of a larger series of books, but worth browsing on its own. Packed full of ideas about wonderful human pleasures from secret hiding places, to sleeping in the park, to they layout of entire regions."
"Portraits of communities around the world where people eat well, move well, and live in community. Inter-generational, spiritual, moderate, physically active living. Should be called "What Makes Us Live.""
"More scholarly than other books on this list, but really the best book on Japanese tea ceremony, in my opinion. Shows how turning a domestic and intimate activity into an art form could bring enemies together, leaving their weapons at the door."