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The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life Hardcover – April 1, 2009
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Tal Ben- Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of Happier. He taught the most popular course at Harvard University and currently teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. He consults and lectures around the world to multinational organizations, the general public, and at-risk populations. He obtained his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Harvard. For more information visit www.talbenshahar.com.
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~ Tal Ben-Shahar from The Pursuit of Perfect
Tal Ben-Shahar is quickly becoming my favorite author/teacher.
In fact, he might already be there. :)
As a former Harvard professor who taught THE most popular class in Harvard’s history (on Positive Psychology), he’s an incredible blend of brilliant thinker, passionate teacher, scientific realist and get-out-and-rock-it-dreamer. LOVE. It.
His first book, Happier, provides us with an inspiring snapshot on the science of happiness packed with wisdom and exercises we can immediately apply to our lives.
This book is all about understanding the perils of pursuing a life of perfection and offers an empowering alternative: the way of the “Optimalist.”
It’s one of those books that’s an absolute joy to read and a challenge to write a Note on because the book is basically one unending string of *really* Great Ideas.
Here are a handful of my favorites Big Ideas:
1. Perfectionism - vs. Optimalism.
2. Fault Finders - vs. Benefit finders.
3. Time to Fail More? - Seriously. Get on that! :)
4. Active Acceptance - & Choices and actions.
5. Appreciate - Two meanings.
So, let’s remember the Platinum Rule as we go out and rock our greatest Optimalist lives: “Do not do unto yourself what you would not do unto others.”
More goodness— including PhilosophersNotes on 300+ books in our *OPTIMIZE* membership program. Find out more at brianjohnson . me.
His unique writing style mingles philosophy & the best of academic research in cognitive psychology all together in a persuasive presentation. The exercises are persuasive enough because they all stand on the solid ground of empirical evidence.
What took me in awe were the closing 10 meditations, or better to call them the 10 wisdoms .
In conclusion, a unique work indeed, bringing a deeper and more mature level, for a more happier life.
Wish I could sit with Tal and pick his brain more!
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