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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

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

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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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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  • Genny
  • Sparks, NV, United States
  • 01-21-10

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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  • Kristin
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 02-17-10

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Ready for self-examination

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

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For School it was great!

This book was one that I needed for a course that I am taking in college.
I bought the hard copy of the book but was having a hard time finding time to read it.

Thank goodness is was here. For I listen to it on my way to school and I feel like I get more out of it by listening.

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Excellent reading, complete and objective

Loved it! Very easy and complete reading about positive psychology. Has exercises and reflection moments

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Life changing!

I cannot recommend this more to anyone who's trying to get a boost at seeking unconditional happines.

Also the naration is absolutely outstanding. It makes it really enjoyable to listen.

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Big disappointment

I was excited to read this book on happiness. I had been obsessed with the topic 7 years ago and had found some gems, I thought that this would further deepen my knowledge given that the author had a super popular class on happiness at Harvard. However I've found books like Stumbling on Happiness, and even another Harvard class called "What's the right thing to do" to be much more conducive to really understand how to be happy. This book just tells you to find activities that are pleasurable and bring long term benefits. It tried to get people to seek or create happiness. I strongly believe the opposite is true, happiness is something people are born with. We all start our lives happy, yet it's our biases, and overestimation of how good and bad different outcomes are that make us unhappy. Go ahead and read the book if you'd like but then please go pick up other books on Happiness and take all of them with a grain of salt.

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  • Mat
  • 06-22-14

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.

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  • Nina Weissman
  • 08-22-16

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.

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  • Gillian
  • 07-10-16

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.