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Happy Series Resource List


  • The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor (2010)
  • Before Happiness, by Shawn Achor (2013)
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and in Business, By Charles Duhigg (2014)
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown (2014)
  • The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor (2010)
  • The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg (2014)
  • Before Happiness, Shawn Achor (2013)
  • The Pursuit of God, AW Towzer
  • God and the Art of Happiness, Ellen Charry (2010)
  • The Bible and the Art of Happiness, Brent Strawn (2012)

 Cited Studies:

Study on effect of happiness on health:

Harris Poll on Happiness in America:

Study on nursing facility control:  Rodin, J., & Langer, E.J. (1977).  Long-term effects of a control-relevant intervention with the institutionalized age.  Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 35(12), 897-902.

Study on employee stress & heart disease:  Syme, L., & Balfour, J. (1997).  Explaining inequalities in coronary heart disease.  The Lancet, 350, 231-232.

Study on information consumed by Americans in terms of words per day:  Before Happiness:The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, by Shawn Achor. Page 165

Study on information consumed – 15 hours per day:


“We are mere bundles of habits.”  -psychologist William James (1899)

fromTalks to Teachers on Psychology and To Students on Some of Life’s Ideals (1983)

“Habits are the invisible architecture of life and a significant element of happiness.”  Gretchen Rubin, from the book Better Than Before (2015)

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”  Greg McKeown, from the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (2014)


Proverbs 17:22  A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.f Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my Shepherd, I calk nothing.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refresh my soul.

Hebrews 12:1-2  Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Psalm 90:12  Teach us to order our days, that we might gain a heart of wisdom.

Revelation 3:1-2   “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. ‘Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.

John 17:4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.

Philippians 4:4-9

Romans 12:1-2