An Amazon.co.uk book search with the keyword "happiness" yields more than 10.000 items nowadays. Many of these publications compete for your attention on the bulging self-help shelves of bookstores. They are generally brightly colored and often contain at least one or preferably several smileys. And most of them have the scientific value of a Spiderman comic book.
"The Happiness Equation" by Bridget Grenville-Cleave and Ilona Boniwell with Tina B. Tessina has the look and feel of just another of these self-help books. In 144 pages, it promises you "100 factors that can add to or substract from your happiness". Just do the math and see how happy you are. Then bring some change in your life by adding some positive factors and getting rid of some of the negative factors. There you are, congratulations, you helped yourself turn into a happier person. All thanks to this wondrous self-help book. Or so it promises.
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck, right? Not quite. The smaller the print gets in this booklet, the more scientifically correct the information becomes. If you don't just skim the titles but actually take the effort of reading the well-written one-page descriptions of every factor, you get quite an up-to-date and condensed (so obviously not in-depth) overview of the scientific findings on the topic of happiness and positive psychology.
So are you looking for an easy-to-read self-help book on happiness that you can finish in one or two readings? And you don't want to waste your precious time with unscientific quack literature? Then you might want to take up "The Happiness Equation", think away its flashy superficial shell and enjoy the read.