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Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment Hardcover – May 31, 2007
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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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The guidelines work for anyone. As long as you can read and understand English, there is something meaningful for you in this book. No one is too worthy or unworthy to lead a happy life. So, enjoy the read and put it into practice and see the magic unfolds.
After every chapter/concept he has some "Time-In" excercise, makes it even more useful to sink-in the concept. He provided some techniques for us to try to be happier. If I have to take one take away, it is that to be happier we need to have a meaningful long term goal and while we work towards that we need to enjoy our day to day tasks (have both present and futire happiness). In other words, enjoy the journey while you are heading for your desired destination.
I strongly recommend this book to my clients.
The meditations and exercises that the book present are very simple and achievable but powerful too. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a practical way to achieve a higher life quality.