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Friday, September 12, 2008

Happiness and Hard Science

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times notes there has been a flurry of books on happiness published in the last few months. The article quotes Margot Schupf, associate publisher for Collins Publishing Group, who attributes the trend to new hard data on happiness. "Authors are beginning to report real science and aren't just talking about a warm, fuzzy feeling,” she says.

Here’s a few from the list you can find at the library.

What Happy Women Know by Dan Baker

The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonya Lyubomirsky

Happiness for Two by Alexandra Stoddard

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

Any other good reading suggestions on happiness?

Don’t Miss . . .
September 23
, 7:30 p.m.
Old Town Village Gallery, North Street at Rt. 123 in Fairfax. Theater of the First Amendment. George Mason University’s professional theater in residence will highlight Alan Bennett’s half-century of plays with a reading of his works. Alan Bennett is the author of The Uncommon Reader, the library’s 2008 All Fairfax Reads selection. Visit Fall for the Book for information.

September 24, 7 p.m. at Oakton Library
Meet Alison Larkin, comedian and author of The English American, as part of the Fall for the Book program. Larkin based the novel on her own experiences as an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in the United States. For library programs, call the branch to register two weeks in advance.

September 24, 7:30 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Regional Library
Former Virginia Governor Linwood Holton shares excerpts from his memoir Opportunity Time. In 1969, Holton put together a coalition of business, labor and African-American voters to become the state’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

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