When you think of the word “winter”, cozy sweaters, patchwork quilts, and hot chocolate are what probably comes to mind. But to a lot of people, winter is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
Whether you’re a millennial bookworm or a hardcover-loving baby boomer, you cannot deny the comfort of a heartwarming feel-good book.
1. The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living – Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
The Art of Happiness, together with Dr. Howard Cutler, the Dalai Lama talks on one of the most integral aspects of life.
2. The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo introduced us to her KonMari Method of reorganizing and decluttering your surroundings. Taking the revolutionary movement one step further, this book gives new meaning to tidying up.
3. Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness – Ingrid Fetell Lee
In Joyful, TED speaker and designer Ingrid Fetell Lee answers one important question: “What is Joy, and how do we find it?”.
The book lays down 10 Aesthetics of Joy: Energy, Abundance, Freedom, Harmony, Play, Surprise, Transcendence, Magic, Celebration, and Renewal.
4. How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
For over 80 years, Dale Carnegie’s debut bestseller has helped numerous individuals climb the success ladder. Filled with hard-hitting, practical advice, this book is a must-read for the socially challenged, along with anyone working in Sales.
5. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You – Lin-Manuel Miranda
If you enjoy listening to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, then this might be just the book for you. Gmorning, Gnight! is a delightful compilation of inspiring tweets written by the author.
6. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets To Happy Living – Meik Wiking
The people of Denmark are considered some of the happiest in the world, and the reason is “Hygge”. Pronounced “hoo-ga”, it is the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.
7. The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
This book is a written account of his lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, with extra anecdotes based on his experiences.
8. The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves – Stephen Grosz
The best books are often the ones that feel like conversations. The Examined Life by Dr. Stephen Grosz is one such example that is highly praised as “an essential read” by researchers.
Serving as a window into the soul, this book looks at human emotion and how our past experiences shape our lives.
9. The Clancy’s of Queens – Tara Clancy
An adventurous, feel-good, coming-of-age memoir, The Clancy’s of Queens is multiple genres rolled into one truly humorous read. Tara Clancy, as the titular character, takes us on an eventful journey through the American social strata.
10. It’s Okay To Be Different – Todd Parr
This book packs a powerful message within its limited pages. Todd Parr delivers the all-important message of self-acceptance and confidence. It is also an excellent guide on cultural diversity and tolerance. An instant self-esteem booster, It’s Okay To Be Different will be right at home on your bedtime reading shelf.
BIO: Stella Lincoln is a book lover and researcher of what makes excellent writing. She is currently working as a Scriptwriter and blogger at Academist Help. Stella inscribes passionately about writing, literature, and language. She loves to give feedback and share new ideas with other authors.