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Though everyone wants to be happier, how many of us can actually define what that means? In his class, "Positive Psychology," one of the most popular courses at Harvard University, Ben-Shahar teaches that happiness isn't as elusive a concept as people think, and can actually be learned; he commits the fundamentals of his course to paper in this primer on getting happy, which he defines as a combination of pleasure (short-term happiness) and meaning (long-term). Divided into three parts, "What is Happiness?", "Happiness Applied" and "Meditations on Happiness," Ben-Shahar provides insight and exercises, prodding reflection in readers ("Do you accept negative emotions as natural?" "Do you see your work as a job, a career, or a calling?") while explicating the relationships among happiness, motivation and goals. Though it sounds simple, Ben-Shahar insists on keen self-awareness and purposeful action to overcome entrenched patterns of despondency and/or disbelief. For answer-seekers, this is definitely a good start.
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It's very actionable and very helpful to increase your happiness levelPublished 19 days ago by Serhat Karahan
This is one of those books that feels padded, in order to be book size. It's short on research, and long on cliches. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Westsider
Happiness is known to be elusive, but Tal Ben-Shahar has really done his research here! Using his own observations, his knowledge of positive psychology and the concepts of many... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandra Brazier
I liked it very much. Recommended it to a client and it made a difference to them.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great book didn't put it down. Make sure you have your hi-lighter with you, I almost highlighted the whole chapter on goals. Everyone should read this. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William D Asay
Read all of Tal Bren-Shahar's Books, you will definitely be able to learn to be happier!! Start now!!Published 2 months ago by Laura Shainbaum
Having a positive attitude is beneficial to performance and health. This book gives you some insight into how to do that, based on good science and no BS. Very much worth a read.Published 2 months ago by W. Chef
This book is a reality check about happiness. It is extremely well written and it has concrete exercises for the reader to apply in everyday life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Edwards