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“With his customary insight, Tal Ben-Shahar lays out the elements of a happier life in short, thought-provoking chapters that will inspire readers both to think more deeply about their lives—and to take action to turn those ideas into reality.”
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

“Tal Ben-Shahar has done it again! This book will not only change the way you think about your life, but how you choose to live it.”
Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason

“Dr. Ben-Shahar provides eloquent and clear strategies for living in the potency of daily awareness and choice. He takes the most common tests and traps we face as human beings and enables us to look clearly at options to make us more alive, more mindful and happy. He challenges us to find our freedom to make the choice for the life we want.”
David Surrenda, PhD, CEO, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and author of Retooling on the Run

“By offering 101 powerful yet actionable ways to live a more meaning-full life, Tal has done most of the heavy lifting for us. In the end, he leaves us with perhaps the simplest choice of all: Read this book!”
Scott A. Snook, MBA, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, New York Times-bestselling author of Happier, taught the largest course at Harvard on “Positive Psychology” and the third largest on “The Psychology of Leadership,” attracting 1,400 students per semester—approximately 20 percent of all Harvard graduates. Ben-Shahar graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy and psychology, and for the last fifteen years has been teaching leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. He is the author of the international best sellers Happier and Being Happy, which have been translated into 25 languages. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships.


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  • File Size: 719 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Reprint edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NF01F8
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I have to admit that I'm a fan of Tal Ben Shahar. His first two books plus his Positive Psychology training course have positively influenced my life.

He even influenced my MBA research orientation when I choose the "Sense of Coherence" , a coping model that Tal advocates, as the core of my MBA Leadership research thesis , which made it initially controversial to my school (dealing with psychology rather than pure business) . Yet it was a great academic experience with a lot of contribution to my resilience.

When this book came out and I passed through its table of content, I didn't expect much more than a "me too" version of his compilation book "Even Happier".

To my surprise, this book turns out to be the best & most practical work for Tal!

Not only that the format of the book is easily accessed through the "lessons" presentation style that can be chosen by the reader according to situational needs, but also the book is written in a style that combines scientific perspectives with inspirational stories & creative metaphors in a literary style.

On the other hand, I find at least 30% of the psychological interventions & advises in the book as novel & never presented before by Tal: Lessons like Loving-kindness meditation, deceptive brain messages, listening to silence and many more, were indeed A-ha moments to me.

The greatest lesson I learned was this: It seems that over- analysis of oneself through dealing with self help books can be a source of misery rather than happiness, real happiness comes from focusing outward rather than onward. That was a real sound advice to me , as a self-help addict reader.
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I have watched the entire lecture series from psych 1504 on you tube. This short, easily read book distills the wisdom of those lectures into a great source of strength and happiness that can be referred to as often as one likes and whenever needed to bring about a positive attitude adjustment.

permission to be human,learn to fail, and throw the knapsack over the wall are some of my favorites along with the upward spiral of appreciation and gratitude.

Tal, I hope you put together the online masters degree in positive psychology. I have already read many of the books you referenced in class and welcome the opportunity to learn more. I am almost sixty years old, but can still learn new tricks.
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I have been a fan of Tal Ben Shachar's for some time. I bought this book thinking it was going to deal with quotes and researches on Positive Pshychology. Instead I got more of Tal as a person, which pleased me. I read the consise chapters with his personal and other touching stories which lent weight and authenticity to the suggestions and learnings. This is exactly what I needed in my journey.
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In this book about happiness and living the good life, the positive psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar teaches that regardless of circumstance we can choose how we are going to conduct our life. We can choose to make choices in the way we construct our own lives and how we respond to circumstances. He dispenses this wisdom in the form of 101 nuggets of advice that are 2 to 3 pages long each.

For anyone who has read popular self-help books, especially those whose topic is positive psychology and mindfulness, or Ben-Shahar's previous books, you aren't going to get a lot of new material here. The value in this book lies in its format. Organized in such short easy to read lessons, the format allows the reader to skip around, read one lesson per day or week, or any other way one chooses to absorb the material.

The advice is good and there is a great deal of wisdom in this book's pages. I found it valuable even though there was nothing spectacularly new in its ideas. It is upbeat and positive and gives one hope, especially in these days of general pessimism about the future, that one can indeed choose the life one wants.

Recommended.
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I am surprised at all the great reviews of this book. If you haven't ever read any self help books, you might find new ideas here. But it's mostly about how to reframe thoughts and events in a positive way. Unlike the other reviewers I didn't find it life changing or revelatory at all. I guess it's just me, because the other reviewers seemed to love this book, but I found nothing new or helpful. It is nicely written, the author is kind and encouraging, but nothing I haven't read in other books. I expected more depth and insights rather than just "glass half full" advice, or how to reframe negative situations or events.

For example, no matter how I tried to reframe the loss of my 6-figure job, I could not find any positive except now I had more time . That conclusion did not make me any happier. When I gave up trying to "see the good side," and "giving it a positive spin," I was able to face my distress and disappointment head on. I wallowed for a few weeks, then though still not happy about it, I as able to get in gear and take action. Trying to reframe this in a positive way actually stalled me and made me frustrated. I was better off when I dealt with exactly what the situation was, happy about it or not.
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