LOL, I think I may have a problem; I read 'books' in the title and immediately was interested. Is there such a thing as 'too much reading'?!
Chicken Soup for the Soul (and variations on the theme) - Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
The Tao of Pooh - Benjamin Hoff
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Eric Carle
Personal favorites for feel-good novels:
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet - (or really anything written by) James Harriot
Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt
Power of Now - Ekhart Tolle
Eastern Body Western Mind - Judith Anodea
Decisive - Dan&Chip Heath
What Happy People Know - Dan Baker
Or just any books that are your guilty pleasure (I am ashamed to say that sometimes I'm just in the mood to read Nicholas Sparks *sigh* which is rather embarrassing
) I could keep going for a while, but this might help to start.
The only other reading I'll suggest is actually your own writing. I've found it profoundly helpful to start using a tool that I learned about in an audio book (called 'Ignite Life' by Richard Robbins, it's actually a business coaching thing =D).
Write a paragraph for each big facet of your life (eg. financial, spiritual, mental/emotional, physical, professional, family and intimate relationship). In these paragraphs (make them brief but succinct!) describe what you want your life to look like; write in present tense as if it is already true. Then, keep the paper beside your bed or toothbrush, and READ EACH PARAGRAPH ALOUD EVERY MORNING. This helps give you a positive thinking boost every day, in addition to helping to clarify what you want your life to be.
eg. Physical: I am strong, pain-free and full of energy. I feel attractive and beautiful. My weight is stable and I appreciate treats in moderation, while choosing healthy foods that fuel my body. I enjoy some physical activity every day, and find pleasure in moving my body and keeping fit. I take time to relax, and make sure I have at least 8 hours of sleep every night. I am strong and healthy.
I know it sounds hokey, but it really does help!