10/19/2012 12:20 am ET Updated Oct 19, 2012

Happy Books: Inspirational Reads To Make You Smile

Call us bibliophiles if you must, but virtually all books make us smile. We love getting lost on an intricate journey, connecting with a character on an emotional level and using the parts of our brain that, otherwise, are under-stimulated.

But some books are written with the purpose of making us happier: literal handbooks -- those that inspire us to take initiative to make our lives as bright as they can be. And still, others allow us to escape (if only for a moment) to a happy place.

Below is a list of 10 books that lift the spirits. What are we missing? What book puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step? Share your happy reads in the comments section below.

Happiness Books

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