17 Books That Inspire Inner Peace and Happiness

Happiness is like a drug. It feels so good that we continually seek out more of those euphoric moments just to get another hit. In our modern society, being happy has become a symbol of success, and science backs that up. Research published in the Psychological Bulletin shows that happy people are "successful across multiple life domains including marriage, friendship, income, work performance, and health." If this is true, then how do the rest of us achieve happiness so we too can experience similar success in life, not to mention all of those awesome benefits that come with it? The answer is books.

Just type "happiness" into Amazon, and you'll be presented with more than 90,000 titles featuring tips, tricks, and methods for bringing joy into your life. And even books that don't necessarily populate in the happiness section can do the trick. Think of all the great children's books, works of fiction, and poetry collections that have lifted your spirits, whether you were seeking inspiration or not. The variety of books on finding your bliss is fantastic; choosing one is the tricky part. So, we polled our office and read the online reviews to curate our own library of the best inspirational books and happiness reads. Scroll down for our top picks.