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Happier, No Matter What: Cultivating Hope, Resilience, and Purpose in Hard Times

Happier, No Matter What: Cultivating Hope, Resilience, and Purpose in Hard Times

by Tal Ben-Shahar PhD


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Even when everything is going wrong, the science of happiness can help you!

Pioneering positive psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author Tal Ben-Shahar shows us how in Happier, No Matter What.

Ben-Shahar busts the all-too-common ideas that success brings happiness and that we can seek happiness itself. When hard times thwart our success and steal our joy, these ideas actually invite despair by leaving us with nothing to do.

But we can do something: We can climb the SPIRE—Ben-Shahar’s five-step staircase to hope and purpose.
  • Spiritual: I am experiencing meaning.
  • Physical: My body’s needs are met.
  • Intellectual: I am learning.
  • Relational: My friends support me.
  • Emotional: I am allowed to feel.
By truly living these five elements of well-being, we build the resilience to carry us through anything—from a personal loss to a global pandemic. Ben-Shahar’s all-new SPIRE method shows us the way to becoming “whole again”—and when we’re whole, we invite happiness in.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615197910
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 05/11/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 172,277
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, has written eight books, including the New York Times bestseller Happier and his latest, Happier, No Matter What. He is the cofounder of the Happiness Studies Academy and Potentialife. Ben-Shahar taught the largest course at Harvard, “Positive Psychology,” and the third largest, “The Psychology of Leadership,” attracting 1,400 students per semester—approximately 20 percent of all Harvard undergraduates. He obtained his BA and PhD from Harvard, and for the last twenty years has been teaching leadership, happiness, and mindfulness to audiences all over the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Happier, No Matter What 1

1 Spiritual Wellbeing 27

2 Physical Wellbeing 55

3 Intellectual Wellbeing 85

4 Relational Wellbeing 111

5 Emotional Wellbeing 141

Conclusion: Moving Forward 169

Notes 177

Acknowledgments 193

About the Author 200

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