Solve for Happy also seems interesting. Written by a Google engineer, Mo Gawdad tries, like Eric Weiner, to examine the facts behind makes people happy - to come with an equation for enduring happiness. His theory was put to the test when his son died 10 years after devising the equation - now Mo has decided to help people become happier by sharing his equation with people around the world in his book. I really want to read this book too.
Anyway what I read this morning led me to this conclusion: trying to be happy doesn't usually work - all around us we are bombarded with people having a good time and we think if we did those things it might lead us to be happy too (on Facebook, for example, one of my friends just posted that today is his last day of school and now he is going to retire - Retire? I thought - that's a huge number of years away for me .... and where do I want to retire to .... and how can I afford it ....?) See the way my brain was working? And actually am I really unhappy that I have to work for another 8 or 9 years? No because I love my job! So then I read a bit further in the book and came to this idea: that what makes us happy is to solve problems - and so true happiness occurs when we find the problems that we enjoy having and enjoy solving (such as where to retire to? Is this a happy problem?)
So I have one more week of school this school year - and likely this book will be lying on my colleague's desk for that whole time - so if I get in early I can read some more pages and think some more about happiness and not giving a f**k and maybe I can even finish this book before we break for summer. And perhaps, too, this is a happy problem.