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Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES...according to the teacher of Harvard University's most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar's insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?
Grounded in the revolutionary "positive psychology" movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier's thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected...and, yes, HAPPIER.

Review:

"Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvard's recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice." Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist

Review:

"This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today." Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

Synopsis:

Can YouLearn to BeHappy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of HarvardUniversity's most popular and life-changingcourse. One out of every five Harvard studentshas lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar'sinsightful and inspiring lectures on thatever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?

Grounded in the revolutionary positive psychology movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier 's thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.

Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvard's recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice.

--Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist

This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today.

--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

Synopsis:

Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard Universitys most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahars insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?

Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier s thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.

“Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvards recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice.”

--Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist

“This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today."

--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

If you're a “rat racer,” who lives in the hope of being happy in the future, and yet is unable to enjoy the here-and-now . . .

If you're a “hedonist,” who finds some pleasure in the good things in life--good wine, good food, good company--and yet is unable to enjoy lasting fulfillment . . .

If you're a “nihilist,” whos completely given up on finding happiness . . .you can learn to be happier!

Thousands of Harvard University students have discovered that you can become happier. They learned the secret to lasting fulfillment from acclaimed teacher Tal Ben-Shahars class on positive psychology--a branch of psychology that combines the latest scientific research with good old common sense. Now you can join his class and learn how positive psychology can make you happier right now--no lottery windfall, job promotion, or new love required.

Think of Happier as your own personal workbook. As you read each chapters illuminating discussion on happiness and incorporate its simple exercises into your daily routine, you will see every aspect of your life with new eyes and a new sense of purpose.

When you learn how to live for today and for tomorrow at the same time, you learn how to balance your immediate personal needs with long-term goals and enjoy life as you never have before.

About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar is one of Harvard University's most popular lecturers; he has been profiled on NPR and featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, and Boston Globe. He teaches Positive Psychology and other classes to 1,400 students per semester — nearly 20 percent of all Harvard graduates. Ben-Shahar graduated from Harvard himself with a degree in philosophy and psychology. For the last 10 years, he has been teaching personal and organizational excellence, leadership,ethics, and self-esteem.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Happiness

Foreword: Positive Psychology

Chapter 1: The Question of Happiness

Part 2: What Is Happiness?

Chapter 2: Reconciling Past and Future

Chapter 3: Happiness Explained

Chapter 4: The Ultimate Currency

Chapter 5: Setting Goals

Part 3: Happiness Applied

Chapter 6: In Education

Chapter 7: In the Workplace

Chapter 9: In Relationships

Part 4: Meditations on Happiness

First Mediation: Self-Interest and Benevolence

Second Mediation: Beyond the Temporary High

Third Meditation: Letting Our Light Shine

Fourth Mediation: Imagine!

Fifth Meditation: Take Your Time

Sixth Mediation: The Happiness Revolution

Conclusion: Here and Now

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happinessresearch, February 23, 2009 (view all comments by happinessresearch)
No-Nonsense Happiness Info

I really liked this book. While conducting my ongoing research on the subject of happiness, this book caught my eye with its bright red and yellow cover. Glancing through the book, the information caught my attention.

I guess what I liked best about it, and what sets it apart from the rest of the happiness books on the shelf, was the author's approach. Right off the bat, the book makes it clear that one's goal should not be to merely strive for a great state of happiness. As it points out, this approach suggests happiness is a point you try and reach, and then you've "made it"- game over.

Wrong. Nobody goes around in a perfectly blissful state all the time, and pursuing such a goal is doomed to fail.

Instead, our approach should be to try and continually work on being "happier" (hence the reason for the title of the book). The trying to be "happier" approach leaves us with a much more realistic goal- and suggests that it is more of an ongoing process in life we should be shooting for, rather than trying to reach a state of happiness and then you're good to go forever. So just how does the book intend to make one "happier"?

In two words, the research. Since the author teaches a class in positive psychology at Harvard, the book's tips to increase your happiness, such as setting goals and expressing gratitude, stand on solid ground. I also believe most readers will find them pretty doable.

When all was said and done, I found this book to be pretty good read with a sensible approach to becoming happier. Not only does it explain the happiness research in a digestable language, and give you practical happiness boosting tips, it's biggest asset to readers just might be that it helps re-frame the whole idea of how we should go about pursuing happiness. Readers who like this evidence-based book may also want to check out "Finding Happiness in a Frustrating World". Happy trails!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780071492393
Author:
Ben-Shahar, Tal
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
Personal Growth - Happiness
Subject:
Happiness, Happy, positive psychology, Harvard, abundance,
Subject:
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healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
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healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
healing, self-help, the secret, gratitude, emotions, spiritual, happy for no reason, success, be happy, connection, depression, finding happiness, grace, happy life, joy, overcoming depression, positive, proactive, self-empowerment, success tools, the min
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.54x6.66x.81 in. .83 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvard's recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice."
"Review" by , "This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today."
"Synopsis" by , Can YouLearn to BeHappy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of HarvardUniversity's most popular and life-changingcourse. One out of every five Harvard studentshas lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar'sinsightful and inspiring lectures on thatever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?

Grounded in the revolutionary positive psychology movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier 's thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.

Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvard's recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice.

--Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist

This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today.

--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

"Synopsis" by , Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard Universitys most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahars insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.

HOW?

Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement, Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier s thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.

“Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvards recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice.”

--Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist

“This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today."

--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

If you're a “rat racer,” who lives in the hope of being happy in the future, and yet is unable to enjoy the here-and-now . . .

If you're a “hedonist,” who finds some pleasure in the good things in life--good wine, good food, good company--and yet is unable to enjoy lasting fulfillment . . .

If you're a “nihilist,” whos completely given up on finding happiness . . .you can learn to be happier!

Thousands of Harvard University students have discovered that you can become happier. They learned the secret to lasting fulfillment from acclaimed teacher Tal Ben-Shahars class on positive psychology--a branch of psychology that combines the latest scientific research with good old common sense. Now you can join his class and learn how positive psychology can make you happier right now--no lottery windfall, job promotion, or new love required.

Think of Happier as your own personal workbook. As you read each chapters illuminating discussion on happiness and incorporate its simple exercises into your daily routine, you will see every aspect of your life with new eyes and a new sense of purpose.

When you learn how to live for today and for tomorrow at the same time, you learn how to balance your immediate personal needs with long-term goals and enjoy life as you never have before.

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