A Book Prescription for Happiness

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Hi! We're Reklist and we’re ecstatic to be guest blogging for Book Therapy. Today we're bringing you 5 books on happiness. Reklist is a platform for making and receiving entertainment recommendations (books, movies, shows, podcasts, and music), keeping track of what you've read, watched and listened to. It's also the perfect place to discover new titles. Our 'Explore' page allows you to browse hundreds of recommendations. There's also a 'Newsfeed' where you can view, like and comment on your friends' activities, and a 'My Reklist' page where you can manage your recommendations. We created Reklist as we frequently found ourselves forgetting recommendations from friends and family and with the ever-growing number of books and content available, it's tricky figuring out what we should be reading, watching and listening to.

Books are a huge part of the Reklist platform and the following books, centered on happiness and self care, have been notably popular since the start. We'd like to share them with you, as a book prescription for happiness. Indulge in some well-deserved self-care and enjoy books that make you feel good!


  1. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes You may know Shonda Rhimes as the incredibly talented trailblazer who created Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, and who heads up the wildly successful production company Shondaland. Rhimes made a promise to herself to say “yes” to everything she encountered for a full year, and this book chronicles how that decision completely changed her life. Get inspired to stop saying “no” to unexpected adventures and embrace what life throws your way.

  2. YOU Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
    Unleash your inner badass with this unique and refreshing take on self-care and happiness. Success coach Jen Sincero compiled her best pieces of advice, meaningful stories and healthy exercises to help you be the happiest you can be! Say goodbye to the behaviors that prevent you from achieving your dreams and replace them with practical techniques to create a life you truly love. Her very real, down to earth approach has Reklist users recommending it to everyone they know.

  3. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
    Have you tried meditation yet? Dan Harris is a firm believer in the benefits of meditation and tells his own personal story on how meditation helped him navigate a life of self actualization and spirituality. Dan Harris wasn’t a believer before his life took him in this direction. Through his writing he teaches us how anyone can achieve a level of happiness by reining in that little voice that holds us back.

  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson You don’t have to act positive ALL the time to lead a happy life. Mark Manson redefines what it means to be happy in this open, raw and non-judgemental memoir. Manson believes you don’t have to always radiate positivity during life's lows. Instead of continually looking for the good, you’ll be happier if you learn to manage the bad whilst enjoying the good. A wonderfully refreshing and unique perspective on caring about the things that truly matter.

  5. Unf*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop Self-care should be a priority. Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop empowers you to move past self-imposed limitations, leave your anxieties behind and optimize your life to its full potential. We 100% recommend diving into this book.

You can learn more and sign up for Reklist here.

Lindsay Borgen is a co-founder of Reklist, a webapp that allows you to send and store trusted recommendations from people that know you best. Lindsay graduated from Penn State University in 2013 and has worked in the marketing field since graduation. Lindsay enjoys all things entertainment, writing and social media.


More book prescriptions can be found at our A-Z of Book Prescriptions.

A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I create reading lists/personalised book prescriptions based on your individual needs, this is my signature personalised reading service. You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also a Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. And if you’d like to connect, email me at bijal@booktherapy.io or www.booktherapy.io.

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