Book list fold #03 on Happiness


Recommended reading fold #03 on Happiness

Booklist on happiness SEA Foundation
Futurefarmers recommended readings 2021
Photo credits: SEA Foundation

November 2021 –
March 2022

This recommended reading
list is part of SEA Foundations’
art and sustainability program
in the fold #03 on Happiness

Find these books in our
library catalogued on Libib.


The library is open for reading
by appointment from 12 – 4 pm
on Thursday – Saturday.
The group size is maximised
to 3 persons at the same time.

Please Note
The library and the study room
are located on the first floor.
Unfortunately, there is no access
for disabled persons.


Publications on Happiness

For fold #03 on Happines, our ambassador, Canadian artist Ivetta Sunyoung Kang, has selected five publications that have connections to her artistic practice and to the fold’s theme: Happiness. Read more in the introduction text fold #03 on Happiness.

Recommended reading

Han, Byung-Chul. The Burnout Society. Stanford Briefs, 2015.

Garutti, Francesco. Our Happy Life: Architecture and Well-Being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism. Sternberg Press, 2019.

Barthes, Roland, Kate Briggs, and Claude Coste. How to Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces: Notes for a Lecture Course and Seminar at the collège De France (1976-1977). Columbia University Press, 2014.

Ingold, Tim. The Life of Lines. Routledge, 2015.

Berardi, Franco. Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility. Verso, 2019.

Additional reading

Finlayson, James Gordon. “The Work of Art and the Promise of Happiness in Adorno”. European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 3, nr. 23, 2015.

Vasey, George. The Philosophy of Laughter and Smiling. J. Burns, 1877.

Layous, Kristin, and Sonja Lyubomirsky. “The How, Why, What, When, and Who of Happiness”. Positive Emotion, 2013.

Irvine, Karina. “C Magazine / Laughing at Power, Laughing as Power: On Mike Bourscheid“. C Magazine. C The Visual Arts Foundation (Toronto), 2020.

Bruneau, Jac Renée. “C Magazine / Editorial: Humour”. C Magazine. C The Visual Arts Foundation (Toronto), 2020. 

van Heeswijk, Jeanne, and Paul de Bruyne. “Staged Happiness”. Collective Works, 2016.

van der Zanden, Joanna. “Over Geluk”. Reinventing Happiness, 2016.

Haapoja, Terike. “On Belonging”. This Is Not A Blog, 2021.

Kobayashi, Eugene. “Can Happiness Save the Environment?“. Our World, 2014.

Bucseneanu, Sorana. “Happiness 101: the connection between sustainability and wellbeing“. Pi Media, 2020.

Lavigne, Sam, en Tega Brain. Get Well Soon! Website.

Cloutier, Scott, en Deirdre Pfeiffer. “Sustainability Through Happiness: A Framework for Sustainable Development”. Sustainable Development, vol. 23, nr. 5, 2015.

Aksoy, Fadime, en Nuran Bayram Arli. “Evaluation of sustainable happiness with Sustainable Development Goals: Structural equation model approach”. Sustainable Development, vol. 28, nr. 1, 2019.

Chatwin, Bruce. The Songlines. Picador, 1988.

Fischli, Peter, and David Weiss. Will Happiness Find Me? Koenig Books London, 2003.


Suggested by resident Miradonna Sirkka:

Ryynänen, Max, and Anna-Sofia Sysser. “Making Sense of ‘Tropical’ Kitsch”. Contemporary Aesthetics, vol. 19, 2015.

Kivinen, Kati. “Homely Everyday Surrealism.” In Iiu Susiraja: Dry Joy, 2019.

Ryynänen, Max. “Rasafication: The Aesthetic Manipulation of Our Everyday.” The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, vol. 42, nr. 2, 2019.

Ryynänen, Max. “Chopin’s Heart: The Somatic Stimulation of Our Experience of Thingness in Everyday Popular Culture”. In Experiencing the Everyday, 2017.

Segal, Lynne. Radical happiness: moments of collective joy. Verso Books, 2018.

Spicer, André. “The cult of compulsory happiness is ruining our workplaces.” The Guardian, 2016.


Suggested by commissioned artist Chantal Rens:


Diekman, Miep. Mijn lama. Esso, 1967.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. The Brothers Karamazov. Knopf. Random House, 1992.

Hesse, Hermann. Siddharta. De Bezige Bij, 1977.

Hornof, Frederick. NOT MY ANIMAL. Notmyanimal. 2021.

Jacobs, Jack. Hond op wacht. Spectrum, 1980.

Jeffers, Susan. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Vermilion, 2019.

Kessels, Erik. IN ALMOST EVERY PICTURE #8. KesselsKramer Publishing, 2009.

Kessels, Erik. IN ALMOST EVERY PICTURE #10. KesselsKramer Publishing, 2010.

Kessels, Erik. IN ALMOST EVERY PICTURE #18. KesselsKramer Publishing, 2022.

Koot, Corrie. Maak ‘gewoon’ tot iets bijzonders. Mirananda, 1987.

Pessoa, Fernando. The Book of Disquiet. Serpent’s Tail, 2010.

Pirsig, Robert M. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. HarperTorch, 2006.

Skupin, Jennifer. American Zoo. KesselsKramer, 2010.

Steinbrecher, Erik. Ernst Thälmann. argobooks, 2014.

Tolle, Eckhart. The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment. Yellow Kite, 2020.

Van Menxel, Sine. Pootje: lessen in abstractie. Groepsdruk, 2015.

Meer, Hans van der. schapen tellen, NW ADAM, 2009.

Meer, Hans van der. counting sheep. GOTTMER. 2014.

Mitchell, Stephen. TAO TE CHING – LAO TZU. TEN HAVE. 2000

Wordsworth, William, and Jonathan Wordsworth. The prelude: the four texts (1798, 1799, 1805, 1850). Penguin Books, 1995.

Previous folds in the programme

Each fold has a separate list with suggested reading.

fold #02 Commons
July – October 2021
Recommended reading on Commons (shelved in Library)

fold #01 Empathy
March – June 2021
Recommended reading on Empathy (shelved in Library)

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