I can’t say it often enough – I love books. I love everything about them! The way a new world is opened up and created for me to stay a while. How a book can make me laugh and cry, because I am so involved in the story. And the inspiration I can take away, when a story lingers with me a little longer and makes me rethink my life or opinions I had built. Reading is pure happiness for me.
I do have some all time favorite books that I would like to share with you. I’ve picked a quote per book to share a little about why they resonated so much with me. If you haven’t read them already, I hope this will inspire you to pick one of them up. It is a mixture of novels and self-development books, as I usually read both, most likely parallel, depending on what I’m in the mood for.
This is part one of two.
- The Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling
But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I grew up with Harry Potter and empathized with him a lot, as I went through many of the same learnings as he did. I think what Harry taught me is that we all struggle and it is perfectly human to do so. What he also taught me is that happiness lies in the little things and basic experiences such as friendship and love. They help us see the light in dark times and give us the strength to pull through. Without his friends and the love he had for them, Harry would not have come out on the other side alive. I hope that you will always remember to turn on the light!
- Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
Love wins, love always wins.Mitch Albom
This was the first book I ever read from Mitch Albom and it left me emotional, changed and grateful. This particular book, which I probably read about 7 years ago, helped me see that love is the greatest gift. It helped me learn that no matter how often I was hurt in the past it’s always worth the risk, no matter if that is the special love between friends or love for the one person you want to spend your life is. Love is everything. So be open!
3. The Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert
Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.Elizabeth Gilbert
This will probably always be one of my favorite books, talking about one of my favorite subjects, creativity! I think that Liz is an exceptional author who was able to hit the nail on the head with a lot of things she talks about in this book. This particular quote, however, focuses on happiness. The exceptional joy that you allow yourself to feel once you do whatever it is that brings you to life and makes you happy. Make room in your life to follow your fascinations, indulge in your obsessions and explore your compulsions. Because this is where happiness awaits and will cause a beautiful revolution in your heart.
4. The Gift, Cecilia Ahern
Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely.Cecelia Ahern
I read The Gift during the last Christmas season and it has moved me deeply. This book talks about time and how we spend it. Indeed it is our most precious commodity, though we don’t treat it as such. So take a close look at how you spend your time. Does it make you happy? Do you spend it with people that you love? Do you get to do and create things that bring you joy? If an answer to one of those questions is no, then you might want to go back to the drawing board and think about how you really want to spend your precious time.
5. Unconscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values, Fred Kofman
Happiness cannot be attained by wanting to be happy—it must come as the unintended consequence of working for a goal greater than oneself.Fred Kofman
I strongly believe that a goal in itself does not make us happy. The process to achieve the goal, the work you need to do should bring joy as well! Once you achieve a goal, the happy feelings you get won’t last; they are fleeting, passing and then it is on to a new project. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, to enjoy the process as well and bring happiness into your life on a more regular basis? Also, goals that are greater than yourself, goals with which you want to change the world for the better, are more likely to make you happy while working for them than goals that are externally motivated. So, what is your next project?
What are some of your favorite books? I’d absolutely love to hear about them to get some new ideas myself! 🙂