Ten Books For International Happiness Day 2024

It’s time to inject some happiness into your life! And what better way to do that than with a good book? March 20th is International Day of Happiness, and to celebrate, we’ve curated a list of ten must-read books that will help you cultivate happiness, self-care, and mindfulness.

From laugh-out-loud memoirs to soul-searching novels, these picks are guaranteed to put a smile on your face and give you a fresh perspective. So why wait? Get comfy, grab a cuppa, and let’s dive into the happiest books you need to read now!

10 Feel-Good books to read on International Happiness Day

“The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse” by Charlie Mackesy

Celebrate International Happiness Day with Charlie Mackesy’s heartwarming and thought-provoking book, “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.” This #1 New York Times bestseller follows the adventures of four unlikely friends as they explore life’s universal lessons, featuring 100 color and black-and-white drawings. With its message of kindness, hope, and friendship, this book is the perfect companion for anyone seeking inspiration and happiness on International Happiness Day. Now adapted into an Academy Award-winning animated short film streaming on Apple TV+, this book is a must-read for all ages.

“Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl


On International Happiness Day, find hope and strength in the timeless classic “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. This influential book has inspired millions worldwide with its powerful message of finding meaning and purpose in the face of adversity. Frankl’s theory of logotherapy emphasizes the human drive to discover and pursue what is meaningful, and his accounts of surviving Nazi concentration camps offer a profound perspective on the human condition. Today, as we navigate a complex and uncertain world, this book remains vital for finding significance and joy in life. Pair it with Frankl’s newly-released work, “Yes to Life: Despite Everything,” to further explore his ideas.

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

Read this beloved classic “The Giving Tree” by Shek Silverstein on International Happiness Day. This poignant picture book has captured readers’ hearts for over fifty years with its timeless message of love, acceptance, and the joy of giving. Follow the story of a young boy and his relationship with a generous apple tree, and discover the true meaning of happiness and connection. With its beautiful illustrations and touching narrative, “The Giving Tree” is a perfect read for both children and adults alike, making it an ideal choice for milestone events and special occasions.

“The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin

Pick up Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project” and join her on a year-long journey to discover true happiness. Through her experiences, Rubin shares valuable insights on how to boost happiness levels, including the importance of novelty, challenge, money, outer order, and small changes. A perfect pick for International Happiness Day.

“Ikigai” by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles


Discover the secret to a longer and happier life with the book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Longer and More Fulfilling Life.” Based on interviews with residents of a Japanese village known for its high percentage of centenarians, this book reveals the keys to their longevity and happiness, including finding one’s ikigai, or reason for living. Practical tools and insights are provided to help readers discover their own ikigai and live a life filled with meaning and purpose. A perfect read for International Happiness Day!

“The Happy Brain” by Dean Burnett

Celebrate International Happiness Day with “Happy Brain,” a book that digs deeper into the science behind happiness. Neuroscientist Dean Burnett explores the origins of happiness, how it affects our brains, and whether lasting happiness is possible. With interviews from experts and contributors from various fields, this book offers a comprehensive and humorous look at what makes us happy. Perfect for those seeking a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

“Happily Ever Afters” by Elise Bryant

Pick “Happily Ever Afters” by Elise Bryant for a heartwarming and hilarious read on International Happiness Day. This romantic comedy follows sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson as she navigates her way through a real-life love story inspired by the romance novels she adores. With the help of her best friend Caroline, Tessa embarks on a journey to find her own happily ever after, but finds herself getting further and further away from herself in the process. Will Tessa find the love she’s been searching for, or will she discover that true happiness comes from within? This charming debut novel is the perfect read for anyone looking for a feel-good story filled with Black Girl Magic and plenty of swoon-worthy moments.

“Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert

On International Happiness Day, discover the path to a vibrant and fulfilling life with Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Big Magic.” This inspiring book encourages readers to embrace their curiosity, let go of fear, and tap into their innermost passions. With potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration, Gilbert offers guidance on how to tackle what we love and face what we fear. She balances soulful spirituality with cheerful pragmatism, inviting readers to uncover the “strange jewels” hidden within. Perfect for anyone looking to live a more creative life, “Big Magic” is a must-read on International Happiness Day.

“Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert

On this Happiness Day, discover the fascinating science behind our ability to imagine the future and predict our satisfaction. In “Stumbling on Happiness,” renowned Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert reveals the foibles of imagination and illusions of foresight that lead us to misconceive our tomorrows and misestimate our satisfactions. With penetrating insight and sparkling prose, Gilbert explains why we seem to know so little about the hearts and minds of the people we are about to become. This book is a must-read for anyone looking to understand the unique human ability to imagine the future and improve their forecasting skills.

“Anne of Greene Gables” by L. M. Montgomery

Celebrate International Happiness Day with the classic tale of “Anne of Green Gables” by LM Montgomery. Follow the journey of Anne Shirley, a spirited and imaginative orphan who transforms the lives of those around her in rural Canada. With her fiery personality and determination, Anne learns valuable lessons about love, loss, and growth. This timeless story has captured readers’ hearts for generations and will surely bring a smile to yours. So grab a copy and immerse yourself in the magical world of Avonlea.

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