Feel-good Listens

Unexpected sunshine on a rainy day, free samples from a new gelateria, and audiobooks (of course!) are just a few of the things that have made me happy recently. And what better day than International Day of Happiness to delight in all of the simple pleasures that make life a little sunnier?

You can’t control the weather or decide when a business will dole out free gelato, but great audiobooks are something you can always count on. These picks tackle the art of happiness and how to get it, keep it, and spread it.

 

1. When Likes Aren’t Enough: A Crash Course in the Science of Happiness by Tim Bono, narrated by Tim Bono

When Likes Aren't Enough.Are you as authentically happy as your social media profiles make it seem?
When a group of researchers asked young adults around the globe what their number one priority was in life, the top answer was “happiness.” Not success, fame, money, looks, or love… but happiness.
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2. The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You by Chloe Brotheridge, narrated by Chloe Brotheridge

The Anxiety Solution.

The Anxiety Solution is your roadmap to a calmer, happier and more confident you. ‘I know what it’s like to be stuck in a cycle of anxiety. I used to feel as though fear and worry were a permanent part of who I was… but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is, your natural state is one of calmness and confidence – and I’m going to teach you how to get there.’
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3. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig, narrated by Matt Haig

Reasons To Stay Alive.

What does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
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4. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis, narrated by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face.

With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of TheChicSite.com founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.
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5. The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Carlton Adams, narrated by Peter Francis JamesDouglas Carlton AbramsFrancois Chau

The Book of Joy.

Two great spiritual masters share their own hard-won wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity.
The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy.
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6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, narrated by Roger Wayne

Subtle Art.

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.”
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7. How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness by Andrea Owen, narrated by Andrea Owen

How To Stop Feeling Like Shit.

No-punches-pulled advice to women who want to stop undermining their own happiness once and for all. How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t is a straight-shooting approach to self-improvement for women, one that offers no-crap truth-telling about the most common self-destructive behaviors women tend to engage in.
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8. The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything by Neil Pasricha, narrated by Neil Pasricha

The Happiness Equation.

What’s the formula for a happy life?
Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times-bestselling author, and a husband and dad. Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction, you simply haven’t unlocked the 9 Secrets to Happiness.
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9. The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin, narrated by Gretchen RubinThe Happiness Project.

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.
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10. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book by Jeffrey Warren, Carlye Adler, and Dan Harris, narrated by Jeffrey Warren and Dan Harris

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.

This book will get you to meditate. Minus the pan flutes. ABC News anchor Dan Harris used to think that meditation was for people who collect crystals, play Ultimate Frisbee, and use the word “namaste” without irony. After he had a panic attack on live television, he went on a strange and circuitous journey that ultimately led him to embrace a practice he’d long considered ridiculous.
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11. The French Art of Not Giving a Sh*t: Cut the Crap and Live Your Life by Fabrice Midal, narrated by Ben Willbond

The French Art of not Giving a Sh*t.

It’s time to stop giving a sh*t! Be calm… Stop stressing… Embrace the universe… Try yoga… Be fulfilled… and that’s an order! We’re overwhelmed with these sorts of commands, and we often torture ourselves to “try harder,” yet somehow we never feel we’ve done quite enough.
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12. The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey, narrated by various narrators

The Wisdom of Sunday's.

Oprah Winfrey says Super Soul Sunday is the television show she was born to do. “I see it as an offering,” she explains. “If you want to be more fully present and live your life with a wide-open heart, this is the place to come to.”
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