So, you don't think you've quite reached your happiness potential?
That's ok. It's never too late.
Instead of just giving you a tip or two, I'm going to share with you resources that I have seen change lives, time and time again.
A reading list to change your life
There is almost an endless supply of information available on how to increase well-being. But how you use this information crucially affects whether or not you will improve your happiness and well-being.
So for starters, I suggest learning about happiness skills. These are the skills that you can build to increase your happiness and well-being. Discover the happiness skills here.
Next, develop these skills by using happiness activities. Feel free to use our free activities to develop these skills. To find more free, high-quality online content, we also created the Well-Being Resource Guide, which provides links to 230 of the best well-being quizzes, activities, and articles online - all from trusted websites. This guide keeps you from wasting your time sifting through a lot of bad happiness content online.
Happiness activities are great for developing skills, but I find that people do better when they have a program to stick to. If you are the kind of person who prefers a guide for what to focus on to increase your happiness, then I recommend our Happiness Skills Workbook. It breaks down the science of happiness into activities, puts them in a order that is most beneficial, and helps you develop a plan to maintain your happiness - an important feature that I have not seen elsewhere.
Financial and physical well-being.
To best increase happiness, it's also helpful to improve other aspects of our lives. One book that I find particularly compelling for understanding how money affects well-being is Happy Money. It was recommended by Matt Goren, PhD., an expert in behavioral finance. It changed the entire way I think about money.
Another book I like for understanding physical well-being, health, and nutrition is Jay Wiener's The 16 Word Diet. It's pretty dense, but it is full of nuggets of information on health that are often ignored by consumer blogs, magazines, and television. So I find it to be a good resource for understanding some of the more complicated nuances of health that other books don’t touch on.
I hope this was helpful! If you were hoping to learn more about what it takes to help others increase their well-being, you may be interested in our Webinar: An Insider's Guide to Success in the Happiness Industry.
Thank you to The Berkeley Blum Center and Big Ideas for your support developing the Berkeley Well-Being Institute!