I've been studying happiness for a while. I've read lots of happiness books. The Happiness Project. 365 Thank Yous. Flow. Learned Optimism. Lots of nonfiction books about happiness.
Then I learned about a website with an interesting take on happiness. At Reading Well, we learn that poor mental health costs the UK 14 billion pounds a year (which, if you are curious, converts to 22.8 billion dollars here in the US). That's a lot of unhappiness.
Reading Well promotes a list of what it calls "Mood-Boosting Books." I've taken this list and consolidated it into a Google Doc for my own reference, but you are welcome to take a look and keep a copy for yourself. Finding this list has set me off on a quest for fiction that promotes happiness. Here are some of my favorite fiction choices:
The Little Prince
Long Way from Verona
Because of Winn-Dixie
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Accidental Tourist
The Secret Garden
Anne of Green Gables
Here are some I want to read. (I'd love to hear what you think if you've read any of these. Recommended? Truly mood-boosting?)
Life With the Lid Off
A Winter Book
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Various Pets Alive and Dead
A Sea Change
Life According to Lubka
Thursdays in the Park
And, of course, I must include some you might want to avoid:
Joyce Carol Oates' A Widow's Story
Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
The Trick is to Keep Breathing
I know that you have recommendations of your own. I hope you will share them with me here.