This page features a collection of the best resources on happiness. To get started, simply choose the type of resource that best suits your learning style.
If you want a comprehensive overview of the idea of happiness:
- Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on Happiness. However, you should keep in mind that the Stanford Encyclopedia in often quite technical and this article may be difficult for beginners. It’s also quite long at around 12,000 words. Here’s a short excerpt that introduces the idea of happiness:
“What is happiness? This question has no straightforward answer, because the meaning of the question itself is unclear. What exactly is being asked? Perhaps you want to know what the word ‘happiness’ means. In that case your inquiry is linguistic. Chances are you had something more interesting in mind: perhaps you want to know about the thing, happiness, itself. Is it pleasure, a life of prosperity, something else? Yet we can’t answer that question until we have some notion of what we mean by the word….”
If you’re looking for a somewhat shorter and more engaging introduction:
If you’d prefer a video introduction:
- Watch this animated video by Dr. Mike Evans on The Science of Subjective Well Being a.k.a. Happiness [3:57 mins]
If you prefer audio and podcasts:
If you’d just like to casually browse a few quotes:
While these resources are a great starting point, there’s only so much you can learn by using free online resources. If you want to learn more, check out this list of the Best Books on Happiness
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