"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."