New year's Resolutions tips and ideas

New year's Resolutions tips and ideas

Tal Ben-Shahar: Tal David Ben-Shachar happiness tips

Written By: admin - Mar• 02•10

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught the largest course at Harvard on “Positive Psychology” (855 students enrolled in the class, making it the the most popular class of the spring semester) and the third largest on “The Psychology of Leadership”–with a total of over 1,400 students. He currently teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, where he co-founded The Institute for Positive Psychology in Education. Tal Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporation, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, and leadership.An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard. His undergraduate thesis, completed in 1996, is titled “Honesty Pays: Bridging the Gap Between Moral Theory and Practice.” Ben-Shahar is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and is the Scholar-in-Residence at the The David Project, a non-profit, educational organization on Israel.

Tal Ben-Shahar has published several books:
    * The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life (2009)
    * Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment (2007)
    * The Question of Happiness: On Finding Meaning, Pleasure, and the Ultimate Currency (2002)
    * A Clash of Values: The Struggle for Universal Freedom (2002)
    * Heaven Can Wait: Conversations With Bonny Hicks (1998)

As reported on these are Six Tips for Happiness 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 unhappiness.

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.

Tal Ben-Shahar Books with ISBN:
    * Tal Ben-Shahar (2007) Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-149239-3
    * Tal Ben-Shahar (2009) The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-160882-6
    * Tal Ben-Shahar (2010) Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-163803-6

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