Berlin library celebrating 'Happiness Happens Day' with book series

Published on Monday, 1 August 2022 10:42


BERLIN - If you’re struggling with self-love and motivation, borrow a book from Berlin-Peck Memorial Library’s happiness series.

“The books on this list are just a small sample of the books we have on our shelves that can help people find new ways to cope with life’s difficulties and everyday frustrations,” said Carrie Tyszka, head of reference and adult services. “Whether it is through books, programs or outreach, our library’s mission is to enrich the lives of the community.” 

The library is located at 234 Kensington Road. 

According to Tyszka, the library is offering these books in honor of “Happiness Happens Day” on Aug. 8. 

Rachel Koladis, a reference librarian, said Pamela Gail Johnson created the holiday. 

“It is based on the concept that our ability for happiness is unlimited as well as contagious and that we can increase joy for others by sharing our happiness,” Koladis said. 

Tyszka said the library has many books on self-help, self-improvement and wellbeing. Some happiness books include “The Atlas of Happiness: The Global Secrets Of How To Be Happy” by Helen Russell, “The Art Of Making Memories: How To Create and Remember Happy Moments” by Meik Wiking, and “10% Happier: How I Tamed The Voice In My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, And Found Self-Help That Actually Works-a True Story,” by Dan Harris. 

Tyszka said people should have a Connecticut Public Library card since they can use it to check out items throughout the state. 

“Library cards are free and, as the books on this list demonstrate, can actually improve the quality of life,” she said.

Koladis said “Happiness Happens Day” is a reminder to appreciate life and spread kindness. 

“In times of stress, social upheaval and political instability, we become influenced by these factors and forget to take time to find what makes us happy,” she said. “This holiday encourages people to look at their lives and think about things that make them joyful and how they can share this feeling.” 

According to Koladis, some books she chose for the library’s list are “The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent A Year Trying To Sing In The Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, And Generally Have More Fun,” by Gretchen Rubin, “Think Like A Monk: Train Your Mind For Peace and Purpose Every Day,” by Jay Shetty, and “The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter Of Gratitude At A Time,” by Nancy Davis Kho. 

Happiness is about personal fulfillment, peace, contentment, love and kindness, Koladis said. 

“Reading books that encourage us to look inward and respond outwardly are important because they help us to feel more connected to ourselves and others, as well as evaluate what may be missing in our lives and steps we can take to address those feelings,” Koladis said.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Monday, 1 August 2022 10:42. Updated: Monday, 1 August 2022 10:44.