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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Perfect first step in making more of your life. A simple, easy to follow plan.
"Excellent Philosophy and Research"
Yes, I have listened to this 3 times so far and I will no doubt listen again
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.
Yes, and I have listened to it all in one sitting twice.
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.
"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.
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