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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071746617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071746618
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar is the New York Times bestselling author of Happier. He consults and lectures around the world to executives in multinational corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. For more information, visit www.talbenshahar.com

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I like the time in sections for journal writing topics.
JB
It's Very thoughtful and he used a lot of examples from his life.
Cristina
I believe in this book which is help me to live my life happier .
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on September 23, 2012
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I purchased this because I really enjoyed Ben-Shahlar's hardback "The Pursuit of Perfect" and thought this was another newer work. It isn't. The paperback was given this different new title "Being Happy". On the back side of the cover page is the notation "Originally published in hardcover: The pursuit of perfect. copyright 2009". Misleading and disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lana on January 22, 2012
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Great book to help you get rid of some perfectionistic qualities that makes your life more difficult, get off your chair and take chances and pursue your dreams.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cassidy Tichner on April 24, 2011
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Being Happy was written to be an interactive experience, and I think that is a major reason why readers will enjoy it so much. Ben-Shahar provides self-reflective activities and "Time-in" questions throughout his book as a way to help readers locate their own maladaptive Perfectionist traits. More importantly, he provides guidance and advice through exercises that educate readers on how to successfully replace these qualities with ones that are more conducive to living a happier life. Whether it is writing a gratitude letter, completing a few short open-ended sentences, or keeping a journal about failure, Ben-Shahar finds creative ways to keep the reader involved. Ben-Shahar makes it his mission to prove to his readers that a Perfectionist can successfully become more like an Optimalist by making simple changes in his or her everyday routine.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JB on February 26, 2011
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Following the author's struggles with perfectionism was helpful to examine my own life. The concepts aren't earth shattering but the way the author illustrates them gives you a chance to examine your own life. I like the time in sections for journal writing topics.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rlweaverii on August 24, 2011
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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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Serrot on November 5, 2012
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This book is very easy to read, and although at the beginning it is somewhat redundant, it finally gets to the point to separate perfectionists from optimalists. I liked that the author acknowledges that it's difficult to stop being perfectionist and shows some ways and exercises to try to be more optimalist. I definitely recommend to read this book.
Daniel.
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By Cristina on January 30, 2014
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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.
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By Judy Sheu on November 20, 2013
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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 within. Thank you again.
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