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Being Happy: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life Paperback – October 14, 2010
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In Being Happy, Tal Ben-Shahar provides his readers with the advice and guidance they need to make significant changes in their lives in order to become happier people. Ben-Shahar first helps his readers locate their perfectionist traits, and then guides them on the path to a more Optimalist outlook. He does not make the journey to happiness seem easy, but he does present it as inviting and achievable. If you are ready to invest a small amount of effort to self-reflect and to make personal changes on the quest to happiness, Tal Ben-Shahar will lead you to success!
There are a number of reasons why I liked this 228-page (of text) book, the first of which is that it is very well written. Ben-Shahar is an engaging writer.
Second, I found the book educational. Ben-Shahar includes six pages of references, then his four pages of notes are abbreviated, and all his notes come from his references. The way he incorporates his sources throughout the book is smooth and comfortable--not the least bit awkward. It will not take you, as a reader, long to discover that Ben-Shahar is not only well-educated, but the breadth of his knowledge is impressive as well.
Third, I enjoyed his personal insights, stories, and references because they offer additional depth to the book. I thought the idea of moving from a perfectionistic point of view (or approach to life) to an optimalist is reasonable. Also, it is a move that people can accomplish with dedication, patience, and persistence--requirements, obviously, for anyone who wishes to make changes in his or her life.
Fourth, I identify with Ben-Shahar. It is clear that he is a teacher, and I thought his "Time-In" sections and end-of-the-chapter exercises were spot-on. Anyone with a serious desire to shed his or her perfectionistic tendencies to become happier and more fulfilled, will find ideas in this book that will help them change--to move in more positive directions.
I am not suggesting by my comments that Ben-Shahar's material is all new, that it is revelatory, that it is earth-shattering, or involves huge changes in one's life. There is a great deal of common knowledge and common sense here. Often, those who are seeking changes in their lives need assistance.Read more ›
So much more than this in the book. I promise that you will be surprised.
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I ordered this for my daughters college class paper...it was recommended by one of her professors.
We already had another book by this author (Happier) that she enjoyed... Read more
The book is well balanced with fact, opinion, questions to ponder and activities to complete our to share. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Truly Disappointed
Trying to find oneself is difficult. Accepting oneself is even harder. I liked the meditations and self discovery projects. Thumbs. Up.Published 15 months ago by Linda H. Eggermann
This book was an excellent balance between providing research-based findings describing behaviors that contribute to a happier life and what Tal Ben Shahar calls... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Susan Phillips
I like it. It's Very thoughtful and he used a lot of examples from his life. I like how we add exercises to meditate.Published on January 30, 2014 by Cristina
It's been many years I struggled with my Perfectionalist part. Now I've got the chance to see it, understand it, and live with it, but also add more compartment of optimist... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Judy Sheu
It's book definitely helps u put things in perspective. There are suggestions throughout the chapters that help to internalize the advisePublished on June 29, 2013 by Kate
There is no one like Tal, he has so much to offer read and re-read, life is good and this helps.Published on April 17, 2013 by Susie