Thursday, July 26, 2012


Have you ever wondered if there was a scientific method of measuring happiness? Wonder no more! In the Netherlands at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Dr. Ruut Veenhoven is the emeritus professor of “social conditions for human happiness.” He is also the director of the World Database of Happiness. This database can be found at the web address of

According to the website, “The World Database of Happiness is an ongoing register of scientific research on the subjective enjoyment of life. It brings together findings that are scattered throughout many studies and provides a basis for synthetic work.” On the website, “happiness is defined as the degree to which an individual judges the overall quality of his/her life-as-a-whole favorably.”

This website is very scientific, but it is also fascinating that there are individuals that are calculating people’s overall happiness. Check it out!

While looking over the scientific evidence, here are some of the library’s nonfiction books on finding happiness. Enjoy!

150.198 GENTRY
 Happiness for Dummies                        

                                                                                                                           152.42 CHUTTST


The Happiness Pursuit: What Neuroscience 
Can Teach Us About the Good Life


                                                                                                                                158 GILBERT
                                                                                                             Stumbling on Happiness


The Nine Rooms of Happiness: Loving Yourself, Finding 
Your Purpose, and Getting Over Life’s Little Imperfections


                                                                                                                                                                                                              158.1 PRATT
                                             Code to Joy: The Four-Step Solution to 
                                    Unlocking Your Natural State of Happiness


170 BOK
Exploring Happiness: From 
Aristotle to Brain Science




                                                                         170     HECHT
                                                 The Happiness Myth: Why What We 
                                                Think is Right is Wrong: A History of 
                                                   What Really Makes Us Happy


             613 WEIL
Spontaneous Happiness


                                                                               910.4 WEINER
                                              The Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s 
                                  Search for the Happiest Places in the World  

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