Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course
at Harvard University on "Positive Psychology," and the university's third
most popular course on "The Psychology of Leadership"—with a total of more
than 1,400 students.
Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include leadership, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His latest book is The Joy of Leadership: How Positive Psychology Can Maximize Your Impact (and Make You Happier) in a Challenging World. He is also the author of Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness, Being Happy: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life and The New York Times bestseller Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment.
Ben-Shahar is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of the Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.
An avid sportsman, Ben-Shahar won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National
squash championships. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.
More information at: www.talbenshahar.com
Six Tips for Happiness
Advice from Tal Ben-Shahar
1. Give yourself permission to be human. When we accept emotions such as
fear, sadness, or anxiety as natural, we are more likely to overcome
them. Rejecting our emotions, positive or negative, leads to frustration and
2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether
at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both
personally significant and enjoyable. When this is not feasible, make sure
you have happiness boosters, moments throughout the week that provide you
with both pleasure and meaning.
3. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not
on our status or the state of our bank account. Barring extreme
circumstances, our level of well being is determined by what we choose to
focus on (the full or the empty part of the glass) and by our interpretation
of external events. For example, do we view failure as catastrophic, or do
we see it as a learning opportunity?
4. Simplify! We are, generally, too busy, trying to squeeze in more and more
activities into less and less time. Quantity influences quality, and we
compromise on our happiness by trying to do too much.
5. Remember the mind-body connection. What we do or don't do with our
bodies influences our mind. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy
eating habits lead to both physical and mental health.
6. Express gratitude, whenever possible. We too often take our lives for
granted. Learn to appreciate and savor the wonderful things in life, from
people to food, from nature to a smile.