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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tal Ben-Shahar Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781598875188
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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 its 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 a slim volume 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 help us identify activities that will make us happier immediately, then apply what we’ve learned to school, work, and personal relationships. We 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jolene | 2/10/2011

    " Read this book as part of a study group. There are lots of great one-liners that make one think but the sum total of the book will not surprise or shock you. Application- You never know how your actions may effect those around you, live in the moment but plan for the future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 2/1/2011

    " I wasn't any happier after reading this book than I was before I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey Mae | 10/17/2010

    " Fantastic! Coming from a guy that created a Harvard class on happiness, a class that drew in more students than any campus has ever seen...need I say more. I love the outlook of what success is too. Success is not measured by money; it is measured by happiness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aubrey | 10/11/2010

    " Fantastic! Coming from a guy that created a Harvard class on happiness, a class that drew in more students than any campus has ever seen...need I say more. I love the outlook of what success is too. Success is not measured by money; it is measured by happiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 9/7/2010

    " A refreshing look at what happiness is and how to obtain it. The book is a little thin on any empirical justification for his theories and has some dodgy food metaphors, but intuitively it seems right and I found myself agreeing with a lot of what he said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 8/19/2010

    " Very insightful! I would recommend to anyone wishing to stray away from the typical "self-help" book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tmlcoaching | 8/17/2010

    " Oh well. Great cover, Harvard, a fellow Israeli, so I gave it a try. Found it said nothing new, and made it very simplistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 8/4/2010

    " I loved this book. It is a bit of an academic look at happiness philosophies. Just like the Happiness Project it is something to read a little at a time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 8/4/2010

    " It was an ok book. It made me think about what makes me happy, but it felt repetitive, especially the meditations at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glad | 7/15/2010

    " Smart, insightful. He references studies and other people's work to back up his ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 7/7/2010

    " I liked it alot , gave me a lot of good ideas and some tweaks in my thinking about how to achieve happiness in my life , and therefore be able to share that with those about me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lawrence | 6/30/2010

    " Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar offers suggestions for finding happiness based upon the most popular course at Harvard that he teaches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 6/13/2010

    " Great tidbits in this book. Some things are a little cheesy, but that's not surprising for a book about being Happier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 sleeps9hours | 5/30/2010

    " Written by a Harvard professor, based on his positive psychology class. Not the best happiness book out there, but a quick read with some worthy insights and research results. "

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About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar, himself a Harvard graduate, is one of Harvard University’s most popular lecturers; he has been profiled on NPR and featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, and Boston Globe. He teaches Positive Psychology and other classes to an amazing 20% of all Harvard graduates each semester. For the last ten years he has been teaching personal and organizational excellence, leadership, ethics, and self-esteem. He lives in Boston and Jerusalem.

About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.