I got these questions from Danielle’s blog Underland to Wonderland, where I came across a post in which she talked about the website Thought Questions and their 365 thought-provoking questions to ask yourself. My friends Katrin, Celeste and Jasmine have also been answering these questions, so be sure to go check out their blogs too!
Day 33: If you could choose one book as a mandatory read for all high school students, which book would you choose?
Obviously it’s really hard for me to pick just one book (one! Can you imagine?!) but if there’s one book I would hand to my teenage self, it would be The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. I’ve been nibbling my way through this volume since January and it’s had a huge impact on my mindset over these past few months. I feel like the teenage and young adult years are so tumultuous and it’s so hard to figure out what’s important and will really make you happy–especially when you’re dealing with all of the young adult drama of first jobs, first apartments, young relationships, etc. This book actually looks at Buddhist principles relating to happiness from the perspective of a Western psychologist (Howard C. Cutler, who co-authored the book), so you don’t have to be a Buddhist or even remotely religious to benefit from the text.
(By the way, please don’t take my multi-month reading of this book to mean that it’s super-long or dry, because it isn’t. It’s just one of those books that’s best read in small chunks, so you can really think about what the Dalai Lama is saying and how to put it into practice in your daily life.)
something about tolerance of people with differences, there’s gotta be a good one out there
I’m sure there is, but I have so much trouble thinking of things like this when asked to narrow the field. I can’t pick just one tome!
I have not read it but I really want to now. :) But you are right, it is hard to just pick one book!
It’s really good! Definitely makes a difference in how you perceive things.
That is a great choice! Sometimes books read in small chunks are the best, because it means they give you something to ” chew” on :]
It is definitely worth chewing on! I wish someone had handed it to me years ago.
Yun, The Polish Hideout
Oooh I’m definitely putting this book on my To-Read list. Thanks for the suggestion! :)
Hope you enjoy it! :)
I’m glad you put that disclaimer at the end because I thought if Martha took more than a few days to read it it must be horribly boring and dry! I’m adding it to my goodreads to read list now!
Wishing you warm spring days from NY!
LOL it’s definitely not boring, but it’s very thought-provoking! One of those books that you want to mark up in the margins with extra thoughts.