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Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness Paperback – March 11, 2014
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—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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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.
By the end of the book, I realized that Tal has covered almost everything in the realm of the empirically tested self help & P.P techniques.
That's why now I choose to call this book the "encyclopedia" of self help.
The only downside of this book is that it has too much of "good things" that can be sometimes overwhelming. To benefit from the book, I had to go picky & choose what sounds more influential to my life.
But yes, Tal has done it again.
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.
One of the leaders of the positive psychology movement, his classes on "Positive Psychology" and "The Psychology of Leadership" were among the largest courses in Harvard's history, attracting a total of 1,400 students--approximately 20 percent of all Harvard undergraduates.
Tal does a great job of integrating the rigor of the science of happiness with the fun of self-help and this is the third Note we've done on his great books. Check out Notes on Happier + The Pursuit of Perfect (now called Being Happy) for more.
Drawing on the latest psychological research, this book walks us through 101 choices we make throughout our lives and, as with his other books, is packed with wisdom.
I'm excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. Choose to Choose - The first choice.
2. Five-Minute Takeoff - #1 tip to beat procrastination.
3. Focus on Strengths - To thrive.
4. Happiness Boosters - What are yours?
5. The Failure Hall of Fame - Let's join! :)
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There wasn't anything mind-blowing in this book, rather, it delivers just what it advertises: a way to mindfulness. The book looks at your life, and your outlook on your life and circumstances, as a choice of perspectives; whatever is causing you anxiety or distress at this current moment probably has a flip-side that would create a more positive feeling. For each of the 101 choices, there is an anecdote offered that illustrated the success found when the positive view is taken. Our perspective dictates our reality.
It is a worthwhile read, and if you can be mindful enough to remember these choices when you're faced with trouble, I've little doubt that the lessons of this book can change your life.