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Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Tal Ben-Shahar
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Book Description

What kind of life do you want for yourself? What choices will create this kind of life?

In his New York Times bestseller Happier, positive psychology expert Tal Ben-Shahar taught us how to become happier through simple exercises.

Now, in Choose the Life You Want, he has a new, life-changing lesson to share: Drawing on the latest psychological research, Ben-Shahar shows how making the right choices—not the big, once-in-a-lifetime choices, but the countless small choices we make every day almost without noticing—has a direct, long-lasting impact on our happiness.

Every single moment is an opportunity to make a conscious choice for a happy and fulfilled life. Choose the Life You Want covers 101 such choices, complete with real-life stories, to help you identify and act on opportunities large and small.

Editorial Reviews


“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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1615190651
  • Publisher: The Experiment; Reprint edition (March 18, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008NF01F8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate "encyclopedia" of self help. November 18, 2012
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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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A distillation of psych 1504 April 20, 2013
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed December 15, 2012
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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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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed November 6, 2013
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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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 101 Nuggets For Living Life Good September 25, 2012
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.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered as a just because gift
A friend of mine wanted this book so I ordered it for her (she was really happy with it) price was excellent.
Published 13 days ago by Brenda
3.0 out of 5 stars BuzzFeedian List of Happiness tips
The challenge with this list of "101 things" to help you develop your mindful way to a happier state is that it can be overwhelming to try to remember all 101 tips that are... Read more
Published 18 days ago by N2009
2.0 out of 5 stars Based on his other books, I expected more...
His previous books are really life-changing.

This one is nothing special. A superficial compilation of a lot of old self-help concepts, with only a couple of paragraphs... Read more
Published 4 months ago by jmk
4.0 out of 5 stars A picker-upper
Simple, common-sense approach. Easy read, hard to argue with any of it.
Published 4 months ago by John F. Shuchart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Love this book. I read a chapter every morning with my coffee. A book everyone should have.
Published 4 months ago by DLF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can hardly wait to read this book!
Published 4 months ago by dbl
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Published 4 months ago by Ruth McGrath
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy reading..
This book is about things to have in mind if you are upset. I really expected another thing when reviewed an article by HBR. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Juan F. Paulini
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius at work!
Tal ben Shahar is truthfully one of the greatest psychologists of our time when it comes to self-help books and I must say that with this one he completely knocks it out of the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by K.Y.L.N 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars When you need to rethink what you are doing in life, this book really...
101 ways to happiness! Let me count the ways. The book summaries all the best quotes on being mindful to oneself! I absorbed each one like a sponge again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leonie Hallam
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