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Happier Audiobook

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment

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Publisher's Summary

Can we really learn to be happy? Yes, we can. Each semester, nearly 1,400 students sign up for Harvard professor Tal Ben-Shahar's life-changing class "How to Get Happy". Currently it's the hottest course at Harvard, taken by 20 percent of graduates.

In Happier, Professor Ben-Shahar brings the ideas of the Ivory Tower to Main Street, distilling the lessons and exercises from his course into an audio trove of practical wisdom. Grounded in the Positive Psychology movement, based on years of researching the works of scientists, academics, and philosophers, Happier emphasizes the importance of pursuing a life of both pleasure and meaning. Lessons, exercises, and "Happiness Boosters" cover self-esteem, empathy, friendship, love, achievement, creativity, spirituality, and humor.

Questions will help listeners identify activities that will make them happier immediately, as they apply what they've learned to school, work, and personal relationships. You'll discover that happiness, not money, is the ultimate currency, that we can't be happy unless we first give ourselves permission to be human, and that happiness isn't so elusive after all.

©2007 Tal Ben-Shahar; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

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    John Surprise, AZ, USA 09-29-07
    John Surprise, AZ, USA 09-29-07
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    "Great Book"

    Great Book. It has changed my perceptions on life. Much of it is common sense when you think about it. But many times, we have to clean the cob webs from our mind to see it by readin a well written and well read book like this. Very enjoyable.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Detroit, MI, USA 02-29-08
    Patrick Detroit, MI, USA 02-29-08
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    "Simple and Engaging"

    I listened to this audio book on the drive to and from school. Tal-Ben Shahar's work is seminal to positive psychology and the the inner work of happiness.

    The reader does a fantastic job conveying Shahar's passion and insight.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 04-28-08
    Michele 04-28-08
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    "fun!"

    I love this book! This is a great audiobook to listen to again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Chicago, IL, USA 02-17-10
    Kristin Chicago, IL, USA 02-17-10
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    "Smart, current and exactly what I wanted!"

    This audio book, while it may be a little slow to pick up- has made a huge difference in how I think about the world. Being a highly educated, and continuously questioning artist, I have been down many paths in search of truth. This book offers pragmatic, research based answers for spiritual and existential questions that make us inherently human. I am very glad the author chose to do the work to put this together. It has inspired me to focus more on the role work plays in my life.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Genny Sparks, NV, United States 01-21-10
    Genny Sparks, NV, United States 01-21-10
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    "Packed with Information"

    This book was jam packed with information and would probably be best read instead of listened to. It was full of ideas and quizzes that need to be absorbed and seen or written down. If you are primarily an auditory learner, it would be fine.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 01-10-11
    Pamela J United States 01-10-11 Member Since 2016

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    "Ready for self-examination"

    Perfect first step in making more of your life. A simple, easy to follow plan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    brigita 12-04-16
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    "Good book"

    Very inspiring and motivating book! I recommend it to everyone who looks for some type of motivation.

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    Tan Pham fountain valley, CA United States 11-16-16
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    Mrs. Schuring 09-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Super great!!"

    Should be required reading for all highschoolers...so helpful in directing perspective upwards. Wise words and thought provoking questions that I white boarded to deeply contemplate and digest. Thank u!

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    Marinela Bendz 11-06-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Adorable voice and book"

    Finally I found a book that gets straight to the point with good examples and leaves food for afterthought!

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    "Excellent Philosophy and Research"
    Would you listen to Happier again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to this 3 times so far and I will no doubt listen again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Happier?

    None in particular, however I feel that the whole book is so relevant and informative to us all that the whole story is a must to be listened to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I have listened to it all in one sitting twice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an area of psychology that I am extremely interested and passionate about - however, you do not need to have any psychology knowledge to follow the book or any of the research referenced as it is so well told it relates to everyday life and situations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nina Weissman
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    "Worth Reading for Happiness Health and Life"
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    The way the author very effectively approaches the topic of succeeding in spite of obstacles and dealing with setbacks and ' being tested by adversity' for healthy self esteem etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
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    "Good information, but the narration let it down"

    I wanted to hear this as it was a best seller from a leading researcher in the field of positive psychology and I'd heard some good things about it. I wasn't disappointed! It explores the nature of happiness, provides many simple exercises to help you become happier and debunks some of the myths around this popular topic. And all in a very manageable 4 hours.

    There’s certainly an element of self-help in the book as it’s designed to help you be happier, but it’s based on solid research which not all books in the self-help area are. I believe a solid research base is important if you’re making recommendations for what someone else should do with their life, but it isn't enough to make it an interesting 'read'. I don't know about you, but sometimes I find research-based material can come across as a bit dry and uninteresting, especially in an audio.

    That’s definitely not something you need to worry about here though. In this case the author always uses lots of helpful everyday examples to apply the research principles to everyday life situations. I found this made it easy to try some of the suggestions myself. For me some worked, others...not so much.

    As my headline states I thought the narration let the book down. The main narrator, a chap called Jeff Woodman, was great. He paced the material well and obviously understood it. However there are lots of exercises throughout the book right from the very start and they are read by a completely different narrator whose voice and tone doesn't in any way match those of Mr Woodman. The audio jumps from one voice to the other with no warning and I found this jarring. I would have preferred the exercises to be read by the main narrator, or maybe to have been available on an PDF as they are with some other books.

    Overall a good purchase, definitely worth another listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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