Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
by Tal Ben-Shahar | McGraw-Hill © 2007 · 224 pages

Tal Ben-Shahar is one of my favorite teachers. He taught one of the most popular classes in Harvard's history and this book captures the essence of his class on Positive Psychology—sharing the best of what we scientifically know about how to create happier, more fulfilled lives. We'll explore how important it is to have goals AND be in the moment (and the perils of *just* being in the moment) along with mucho más goodness.

“As I see it, the role of positive psychology is to bridge the ­ivory tower and Main Street, the rigor of academe and the fun of the self-help movement. That, too, is the purpose of this book.”

~ Tal Ben-Shahar from Happier

Tal Ben-Shahar is brilliant. And so is this book. His Positive Psychology class at Harvard was the most popular class on campus and, after reading his book, I can see why.

The book is really well written and PACKED with a great overview of why happiness matters along with scientifically supported Big Ideas and exercises to help us rock our greatest lives. Truly amazing. If the Note resonates with you, I *highly* recommend you pick it up and get your “happier” on. :)

Let’s start with Ben-Shahar’s definition of happiness and then we’ll check out a few of my favorite Big Ideas!

“I define happiness as ‘the overall experience of pleasure and meaning.’ A happy person enjoys positive emotions while perceiving her life as purposeful. The definition does not pertain to a single moment but to a generalized aggregate of one’s experiences: a person can endure emotional pain at times and still be happy overall.”

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Tal Ben-Shahar

Helps people "bring happiness to life."