The quest for happiness is one we’re all involved in to some extent. So we highly recommend looking over Brain Pickings’ edit of seven must-read books on happiness – from the Dalai Lama’s suggestion of skills for finding inner peace amidst chaos in The Art of Happiness to The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, which examines our sense of and need for belonging. No navel-gazing involved, we promise…

If you, like us, are fascinated by the human quest to understand the underpinnings of happiness but break out in hives at the mere mention of self-help books, you’re in luck: We’ve sifted through our personal library, a decade’s worth of obsessive reading, to bring you seven essential books on the art and science of happiness, rooted in solid science, contemporary philosophy and cross-disciplinary insight. Read more: Brain Pickings.