Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment / Edition 1

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment / Edition 1

by Tal Ben-Shahar
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McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
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Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment / Edition 1

Can You
Learn to Be

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.


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071492393
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2007
Edition description: List
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 117,382
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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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Happier 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Daphne01 More than 1 year ago
I was enjoying this intelligent book until I got to page 23. As an animal lover and advocate, the "experiment" on innocent dogs to find out if relentless electric shock treatments will make a dog "give up" and remain "helpless", was absolutely appalling. Do we really need to torture and shock dogs with electricity to gain insight that continual pain will make a living being feel and remain helpless? The fact that this human behaviour is accepted and legal; and these abhorrent and unnecessary experiments on animals is tolerated ..in itself totally depresses alot of people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought several books with similar subject matter, and this was the gem of the lot. In fact, I am reading it for a second time 'and probably a third time later on', and also giving this book as a Christmas gift to my brothers and sister - it's that useful. The author supports his concepts with plenty of scientific study from others and presents his theories on 'happiness' in a no-nonsense well written style. He is also an excellent writer. I can see why his class is the most popular one at Harvard. He also does not attach any kind of religeous or philosophical swing to his concepts and doesn't promise a one pill fix-it solution. According to his studies, Happiness is something you have to work at on a daily basis with a balance of insight into yourself and others.
KonaMikey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, easy read and great explanations of some deep truths. Plan to take you time and do the work. Best done over a few months!
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CoffeeGrl More than 1 year ago
Very simple and striaght forward approach explaining why we seek happiness; it is the ultimate currecny. This book is easy to read and follow, no out there ideas or ways to think. Great tool to put things in perspective. There are some exercises too that the author encourages the reader to do to help increase the reader's level of happiness; if you don't even atempt those activites you will not get much out of the book.
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There are countless books written on the subject of happiness. There are also countless motivational books of this genre. However, if you read, understand, and act on the principles in this book, you are on your way to living a happier life. One of the keys to happiness is to appreciate that life is a journey. One must experience pleasure along the way, as well as have goals that are meaningful to be happy. A small book packed full of insights.