😀 TAL BEN-SHAHAR, PhD: How to Be Happier Right Now! | Positive Psychology | Choose the Life You Want

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Did you ever wish you could be happier right now, much happier? That life could be, well, happier in each moment, more puppies and roses, or that at least the sun could be shining more than half the time?

Well then do we have the show for you!

Today we’ll be talking with Tal Ben Shahar, a former Harvard pyschology professor and a leader in the field of positivity and happiness. He’s also the author of the recent book, Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness and the best-selling books Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment and Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life.


Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world.

Tal is a serial entrepreneur, and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of The Wholebeing Institute, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.

An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard

Key Topics:

how Tal ended up studying happiness because he wasn’t happy studying computers
how generosity brings happiness
Hebrew word natan is a palindrome (same word backwards) because of the relationship of giving & receiving
being present and grateful is a super-powerful happiness duo
Hellen Keller was a consummate appreciator
what Barbara Frederickson calls heartfelt positivity
Einstein, either nothing is a miracle or everything is
key ways to be mindful for happiness
listening to someone contributes to their physical health
why one of best predictors of job productivity is the answer to “do you have a best friend at work?”
having Pets contributes to well-being & happiness
5-10 minutes a day of mindful eating can improve your well-being
Amy Cutty – physical posture can improve well-being, happiness, and body chemistry
high power poses (rooster pose or big-shot pose)–increases testosterone, reduces cortisol & demostrates confidence
weaker pose–increases stress hormones, decreases testosterone
why hunching forward at a computer isn’t good for your psychology
permission to be human means allowing yourself to experience any & all emotions
the challenge of self-help gurus
why you can’t be happy all the time or suppress emotions
Dr Wiseman and the phenomenon of why some people are more “lucky”
how to be a benefit-finder, not a fault-finder
the healing power of humor – Norman Cousins
Ellen Degeneres & TBD (Too Busy Disorder)
importance of doing less rather than more
changing your beliefs & the mind-body connection
how you can shift your beliefs
Carol Dweck – fixed mindset vs. growth mindset
shoot for more positive experiences – even small experiences
the value of experiences over goods
supporting a child’s dreams
spirituality – having a meaningful, purposeful experience
happiness is in the details – in the minute-to-minute decisions we make
Jon Kabat Zinn – wherever you go, there you are – being present to the experience

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