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"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

Edward Durney
The list author says: "If you want to be happy, you cannot worry. That's my theory, at least. As the song went 20 years ago, "don't worry, be happy."

Here are some books on getting over worry. And some others on how to be happy. Perhaps the combination carries the key."
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living
"The granddaddy of "don't worry" books, this classic by Carnegie is still the best."
The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your Inner Child
The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need: Repress Your Anger, Think Negatively, Be a Good Blamer, and Throttle Your Inner Child
"A very thoughtful view of self-help thinking.  Pearsall is a practicing neuropsychologist, and has an academic and theoretical viewpoint that most writers of these books lack.  His viewpoint also has more power from his near death from cancer.  Very interesting and helpful book."
How Successful People Win: Using Bunkhouse Logic to Get What You Want in Life
How Successful People Win: Using Bunkhouse Logic to Get What You Want in Life
"Best book on how to be happy that I have read.  Stein says success brings happiness.  Don't sit and moan about life.  Go for it, and you'll be happy.  Not exactly easy to do, but I think he is right."
Its All in Your Head Thinking Your Way
Its All in Your Head Thinking Your Way
"This book is hard to find now, but it's a good one.  Very practically oriented."
The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You
The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You
"I can really see myself in some of Leahy's case studies.  A lot of people will probably relate to the problems discussed in this book."
Worry
Worry
"Very readable, and helpful, but seems a bit unrealistic to me.  I just don't see his approach working for most people.  Still, he probably knows better than I do."
Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems
Plato, Not Prozac!: Applying Eternal Wisdom to Everyday Problems
"Describes philosophical counseling, as opposed to psychotherapy.  Interesting approach."
The Psychology of Happiness
The Psychology of Happiness
"Excellent look at how social relationships, work and leisure are the main factors of happiness."
Zen and the Art of Happiness
Zen and the Art of Happiness
"Thoughtful book.  Hard to apply, but helpful."
How To Want What You Have
How To Want What You Have
"Interesting approach.  Miller notes how no matter how much we already have, we always want more."
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
"An interesting book written by a Frenchman who has been a Buddhist monk in Tibet and India for 35 years.  The book reads a little awkwardly, as it was written in French and translated.  But I really like it.  Some good meditation exercises.  And a very thoughtful view of life and happiness."
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want
"Written by a Harvard BA and Stanford PhD, now a psychology professor at UC Riverside.  But written for a lay audience.  Quite a contrast, though, between this scientific approach and the book Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill, by Matthieu Ricard."
Happiness: The Science behind Your Smile
Happiness: The Science behind Your Smile
"A bit of a "me too" book.  Has a lot of the same things as other books on this list.  But well-written, and more thoughtful, than those others.  And broader in scope, pulling in thoughts from fields other than just the same old psychological theories."
The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong
The Happiness Myth: Why What We Think Is Right Is Wrong
"Excellent book by a poet, philosopher and historian.  I've become rather tired of all the books on happiness by psychology professors.  This book takes a different, and very helpful, perspective."
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment
"Seligman does interesting work on positive psychology.  Bringing the study of psychology from problems to the positive probably helps the psychotherapist, at least."
A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
A Mind of its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives
"A good effort at showing how our brains mislead us.  But the tone of the book gets annoying quick.  It is written with tongue in cheek throughout."
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
"Reads like a good version of Psychology 101 at University of Virginia, where Haidt teaches.  Not much new here, other than the author's personal comments, which tend to intrude a bit too much for my liking.  But still interesting."
Stumbling on Happiness
Stumbling on Happiness
"Psychology 101 at Harvard, where Gilbert teaches.  This book gets good reviews.  But there is not much new here.  Just presented very well."
Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy
Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy
"This book argues against happiness, and for the benefits of melancholy.  Interesting approach."
The Pursuit of Happiness: Discovering the Pathway to Fulfillment, Well-Being, and Enduring Personal Joy
The Pursuit of Happiness: Discovering the Pathway to Fulfillment, Well-Being, and Enduring Personal Joy
"A good look at who is happy, and why."
How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness
How to Be Happy, Dammit: A Cynic's Guide to Spiritual Happiness
"A light-hearted and helpful look at the cynical side of seeking happiness.  From the same no-cows-too-sacred woman who wrote How to Succeed in Business Without a Penis.  More fluff than substance, but refreshing if you are in the mood."
The Schopenhauer Cure: A Novel
The Schopenhauer Cure: A Novel
"This book, a novel, differs from the rest on the list.  It looks at Schopenhauer's thought and group psychotherapy.  Fascinating (but a bit difficult) read.  Schopenhauer's philosophy of pessimism and misanthropism jars with the happiness theme of this list (Ira Gershwin's lyrics include "My evenings were sour, Spent with Schopenhauer"), but perhaps has value as counterpoint."
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
"A tour de force over history to see how the human condition has improved. Brilliant book, not about psychology in individuals but as a society."