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Happiness Education – Books About Giving & Inspire Giving



We have shared videos that increase our happiness education, but reading about happiness can be your way of learning more. Books transport us to another world, they draw us into our imagination and they encourage us to try something new. Reading a new perspective, a new idea, a new opinion can be inspiring. There are numerous books on happiness, giving and joy and each one has a slightly different angle and will have different effects on each reader. But sharing our stories, and the stories of others, is a great way to share inspiration and spread joy.

Finding joy and happiness within ourselves is often the beginning to sharing joy and happiness with others. Many of these books offer guidance to finding inner peace and tranquility in order to then look outwards and how we can spread that message to others. Often our actions are all that we need to share giving and joy with others.

Books to Read To Build Happiness Education

Here are a few great books that share ideas about giving, kindness and ultimately happiness.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

This book describes one woman’s journey to take happiness into her own hands. She dedicates 12 months to systematically pursue happiness within her current life and shares her journey in this inspiring, and sometimes humorous, tale.

Joy on Demand by Chade-Meng Tan

Chade-Meng Tan shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast-paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity, innovation, confidence, and ultimately success in every arena. A guide on how to access joy from within through mediation and compassion.

Happiness is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life by Sylvia Boorstein

This beautiful book reminds us that life is a shared journey and that our hearts truly want to console and love others and that living happily is indeed the best way to live.

Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day by Jennifer Iacovelli

Iacovelli shows us how easy it is to integrate giving into our daily lives and make it part of our daily routine. Much like the 365give mission, Simple Giving, reminds us to be more mindful of how our actions impact others and provides examples and ideas of how to integrate giving to live happier, more fulfilled lives.

How Love Wins: The Power of Mindful Kindness by Douglas Carnine

Carnie has written a simple and powerful guide to learning how to live fully in the moment and be more kind to themselves and others. He lays out a simple process based on Buddhist teachings and provides a path to creating a mindfully kind life.

Find and Share Inspiration

When you find a good book that inspires you, please share it on our Instagram or Facebook pages #365give #happinesseducation. Enjoy what you’ve read and pay it forward, share it with others and spread the kindness. Together we can make small ripples that will be felt around the world.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)