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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tal Ben-Shahar Narrator: Eric Conge Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Do you want to be perfect? Or do you want to be happy?

We’re all laboring under our own and society’s expectations to be perfect in every way—to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology—the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University—Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and “Time-Ins” to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Table of contents
Introduction: The Perfect Trap
Chapter 1: Benevolent Jealousy
Chapter 2: The Upside of Anxiety
Chapter 3: Ordinary Expectations
Chapter 4: Don’t Just Get Over It
Chapter 5: Understanding the Unknowable
Chapter 6: Succeeding at Failing
Chapter 7: Permission to Feel
Chapter 8: The Law of Identity
Chapter 9: The Platinum Rule

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gina | 2/18/2014

    " I read this book to start dealing with my perfectionism. Originally recommended by my dentist, and now by myself. It's a straightforward read and I got through it relatively quickly. I loved the part about embracing aging. Encourages you to incorporate more optimalism into your life. Couldn't we all use a little more of that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/11/2014

    " Combining the the best of current thinking, this book is extremely helpful in navigating away from traps of perfectionism while providing practical advice for becoming an "Optimizer"--someone who understands that failure is essential to learning, that critique brings ideas and improvement, and that consciously determining what is "good enough" is the route to a satisfying life. Great thought questions, meditations, exercises woven in with research, stories and views from experts in many fields. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phillip | 2/11/2014

    " The majority of my childhood was a complete pursuit of perfection till I got to high school. I was captain of every sport, learn to do everything a bit better. When I got to high school my lack of perfection caused a complete mental downward spiral into depression that lasted to adulthood. I read this book a couple years ago and it really changed my life and made me realize that I was ok where I was and that I didn't need to be "Perfect". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by pri | 2/10/2014

    " Good mix of information. A lot of references to sources I've read in the past - but good to see them reinforced again. Deals with the concept of failure and perfectionism and the preferred way to handle some situations. not life changing - but an interesting read that has made me think about myself a bit differently. "

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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.