Smile: A Reader's Guide To HappinessThere doesn't seem to a happy equivalent to the term 'miserylit'. Despite this sad deficiency in the language, we've made a selection of books that deal with happiness and the pursuit of it. We hope you enjoy looking through them.
Anca Parvalescu’s theoretical examination of laughter draws on Beckett, Nietzsche, the Bible, Derrida and Bataille to argue that laughter is not a ... See details
Hungarian poet György Faludi became famous in his native country for his translations of François Villon, first published in Budapest in 1934. In 1... See details
Darrin McMahon’s history of happiness – ‘this “thing” that is not a thing, this hope, this yearning, this dream’ – draws not so much on neuroscienc... See details
Voltaire’s caustic send-up of Leibniz’s theory of optimism – that if a better world than this one were possible, God would have created it – contai... See details
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s classic work of popular psychology proposes that true happiness – the exhilarating and transcendent euphoria that the aut... See details
Social commentator Barbara Ehrenreich lays into the positivity gurus, quacks, life-coaches and charlatan preachers who have tried to persuade us th... See details
Willard Spiegelman’s essays on seven of the things that give him pleasure – dancing, reading, walking, looking, listening, swimming and writing – i... See details