“I define happiness as ‘the overall experience of pleasure and meaning.’ A happy person enjoys positive emotions while perceiving her life as purposeful. The definition does not pertain to a single moment but to a generalized aggregate of one’s experiences: a person can endure emotional pain at times and still be happy overall.”
~ Tal Ben-Shahar from Happier
Tal Ben-Shahar is brilliant. And so is this book. His Positive Psychology class at Harvard was the most popular class on campus and, after reading his book, I can see why.
The book is really well written and PACKED with a great overview of why happiness matters along with scientifically supported Big Ideas and exercises to help us rock our greatest lives. Truly amazing.
Here are some of my favorite Big Ideas:
1. The Four Archetypes - Rat racers, hedonists, nihilists and happy peeps.
2. The Ultimate Currency - Is happiness.
3. Happiness Rituals - Start 'em up!
4. Negative Rituals - What will yours be?
5. Expressing Gratitude - Is a very good thing.
And is now a good time to start following your inner sage?
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