Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimless around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.
"Happier is a very pick-up-able book. Featured on The Daily Show, CNN and CBS as well as interviewed for the New York Times and the Boston Globe, Ben-Shahar must have wanted to write this book for a long time. Textbooks are suddenly becoming fun." January Magazine
"The book feels like a college course and this has it’s pros and cons. The benefit is that it’s interesting to imagine yourself as a student at Harvard moving through the course as the semester progresses. The downside is that the book lacks a conversational feel." Pick the Brain
"According to Tal Ben-Shahar, happiness is a skill you can develop no matter how happy you currently are—a belief conveyed by the title of his new book, Happier." The Greater Good Science Center
Achieving ultimate happiness means owning it. Too often we allow other people or situations to control our quest for happiness; a disobedient son, a losing battle against weight gain or feelings of loneliness. But the key is how well you control the impact of those disappointments have on your overall happiness.
Flourish builds on Dr. Seligman’s game-changing work on optimism, motivation, and character to show how to get the most out of life, unveiling an electrifying new theory of what makes a good life—for individuals, for communities, and for nations. In a fascinating evolution of thought and practice, Flourish refines what Positive Psychology is
We treat our future selves as though they were our children, spending most of the hours of most of our days constructing tomorrows that we hope will make them happy. Rather than indulging in whatever strikes our momentary fancy, we take responsibility for the welfare of our future selves. In fact,
Contributing to other people’s happiness provides us with meaning and pleasure, which is why helping others is one of the essential components of a happy life.
We may need to spend time reflecting, thinking deeply to recall those moments in our lives when we felt a sense of true purpose.
Because many students experience either boredom or anxiety in school, they neither enjoy it nor perform at their best.
Setting a goal is about making a commitment in words, and words have the power to create a better future.
As the rates of anxiety and depression rise, society heads toward emotional bankruptcy in the ultimate currency.
When our positive experiences outweigh our negative ones, we have made a profit in the ultimate currency.
While we are accumulating material wealth, we are nearing bankruptcy in the currency that truly matters.
The important thing is that we choose our purpose in accordance with our own values and passions rather than conforming to others’ expectations.
To be happy, we need the experience of positive emotion; pleasure is a prerequisite for a fulfilling life.