Even the crummiest of days can be improved with a good read. Whether you turn to philosophical contemplation to improve your mood or just pictures of adorable animals, there are books that will make you happy no matter what your mood is like. A brighter outlook may just be a page away.
Classic children’s books, lectures from brilliant professors, and fanciful stories set in Paris all make the list. Whether you’re feeling super lousy or just want to keep your good mood going, these reads can help you out. Although plenty of great stories are really depressing at their core, these books are powerful and positive at the same time.
And even if you aren’t a huge reader, at least something on this list is bound to spark your interest. These books can whisk you off to London and Paris, the middle of the ocean, or the vastness of space. So whether you’re trying to decompress after a particularly rough workday or just maintain your sanity during the morning commute, reading is an easy way to keep you attention focused on pleasant thoughts for a few minutes. By the time the real world intervenes again, you’ll be in the right frame of mind to take it on.