Dorothy has had a couple of posts about "positivity," self-help, and happiness books. It sent me searching for this video again (and yes, I know I've posted it before, but it is so cool).
Here is a link to my review of the best book I've read on the subject of happiness. The formula is a bit different from Mipham's, but I think that perhaps both approaches are necessary.
And reminders are necessary. Much of what is said about happiness and positive thinking is common sense, and we've heard many of the phrases, much of the advice over and over. In my own case, however, I often need to be reminded.
I like the approach of some authors and am offended by the approach of other authors on the same subject. Love some books and find them stimulating, inspirational, practical; other books, seem bland, repetitious, pretentious, and stale.
But I need and benefit from reminders. All of the "brain" books I've read in the past year, continue to remind me of the ways in which the brain creates new maps. Almost miraculous changes can be achieved by changing those patterns. My favorite "brain" books so far are The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge and The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by the Blakeslees. These books are not really about happiness, but neuroplasticity can be emotional or physical.
My yoga books are also about the possibility of change, both physical and emotional, and they blend pretty seamlessly with books about happiness, positive thinking, and neuroplasticity. In fact, long before modern science was discovering scientific proof, yoga was engaged with the effects of many of these possible changes.
The comments on Dorothy's posts reveal our sceptical attitudes toward those who offer easy solutions (while making a profit), but every once in a while, it is possible to find something that works for us.
What about you?