Happier: Can you learn to be Happy? (UK Paperback) Paperback – 1 Nov 2008
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An uplifting and life-changing book ... it will help you achieve more
pleasure and meaning in your life.
-- sixtyplussurfers.co.uk, June 29, 2007
Happier is inspiring, uplifting and readable...one of those rare self-help books that really could change your life
-- www.new-classics.co.uk, January 2008
Manageable, well researched and very accessible...Its no-nonsense approach and positive stance make for an inspirational read
-- Kindred Spirit, September 2007
Recommended most strongly to all who are serious about the question, "what
constitutes a worthwhile and happy life?"
-- Management Today, May 2007
The message here is: hurry up and slow down! -- Accounting & Business, July 2007
This engrossing, fascinating blueprint for bliss [provides] the information and tools for finding your inner fun - today, every day.
-- Daily Record, June 23, 2007
This might just work!... There's a lot more substance to this book than others on the market. Warm and genuine.
-- Relentlesslypositive.com, July 2007
This book is not airport flotsam, but a serious, practical attempt
to address the ennui of affluence -- Management Today, May 2007 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Can YouLearn to BeHappy?
YES . . . according to the teacher of HarvardUniversity’s most popular and life-changingcourse. One out of every five Harvard studentshas lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar’sinsightful and inspiring lectures on thatever-elusive state: HAPPINESS.
Grounded in the revolutionary “positive psychology” movement,Ben-Shahar ingeniously combines scientific studies, scholarly research, self-help advice, and spiritual enlightenment. He weaves them together into a set of principles that you can apply to your daily life. Once you open your heart and mind to Happier ’s thoughts, you will feel more fulfilled, more connected . . . and, yes, HAPPIER.
“Dr. Ben-Shahar, one of the most popular teachers in Harvard’s recent history, has written a personal, informed, and highly enjoyable primer on how to become happier. It would be wise to take his advice.”
--Ellen J. Langer, author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist
“This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is imbedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today."
--Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness
If you're a “rat racer,” who lives inthe hope of being happy in the future, and yet isunable to enjoy the here-and-now . . .
If you're a “hedonist,” who findssome pleasure in the good things in life--goodwine, good food, good company--and yet isunable to enjoy lasting fulfillment . . .
If you're a “nihilist,” who’s completelygiven up on finding happiness . . .you can learn to be happier!
Thousands of Harvard University students havediscovered that you can become happier. Theylearned the secret to lasting fulfillment fromacclaimed teacher Tal Ben-Shahar’s class onpositive psychology--a branch of psychologythat combines the latest scientific research withgood old common sense. Now you can join hisclass and learn how positive psychology canmake you happier right now--no lottery windfall,job promotion, or new love required.
Think of Happier as your own personalworkbook. As you read each chapter’s illuminatingdiscussion on happiness and incorporateits simple exercises into your daily routine, youwill see every aspect of your life with new eyesand a new sense of purpose.
When you learn how to live for today andfor tomorrow at the same time, you learn how tobalance your immediate personal needs withlong-term goals and enjoy life as you never havebefore.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
There are no gimmicks or secret formulae. It is all obvious stuff but set out in a simple and logical way that is rarely seen in self-help books.
I would like to have seen a bit more depth in the book, hence 4 stars not 5. Its message is essentially that, if you want to be happier, do more of the things that make you happy and less of the things that make you unhappy. However there are some really good ideas here and it is well worth a read, whether you are trying to break out a cycle of unhappiness or just feeling great and wanting strategies to stay that way.
As the other less-than-gushing reviewer remarked, this does descend into mimicking the self-help genre pretty quickly.
I think my issue with this book is that the author underpins his reflections and conclusions too often with, with, well, not with much other than his opinion supported by Samuel Smiles type aphorisms.
This is a shame, because the field of Positive Psychology (capital letters employed deliberately) has so much going for it, not least a substantial serious wealth of empirical data to support it.
I understand that the author's lectures at Harvard are incredibly well-attended and indeed well-regarded. Not quite sure why, on this showing.
It's not a pure example of the self-help genre (thank goodness), but neither is it sufficiently scholarly or referenced to be much more.
In fact one of the books that Ben-Shahar should have included in his bibliography, but for some inexplicable reason didn't, would be a far better introduction: "The Happiness Hypothesis", by Jonathan Haidt (a definite 5 star read) is everything this book should have been, but was published a least a year earlier.
An alternative introduction, more practical but better-referenced than "Happier" is Ilona Boniwell's "Positive Psychology in a Nutshell", which I can also recommend whole-heartedly.
The book is really well structured and I found it a complete joy to read! I am now much happier as a result
I guess what I liked best about it, and what sets it apart from the rest of the happiness books on the shelf, was the author's approach. Right off the bat, the book makes it clear that one's goal should not be to merely strive for a great state of happiness. As it points out, this approach suggests happiness is a point you try and reach, and then you've "made it"- game over.
Wrong. Nobody goes around in a perfectly blissful state all the time, and pursuing such a goal is doomed to fail.
Instead, our approach should be to try and continually work on being "happier" (hence the reason for the title of the book). The trying to be "happier" approach leaves us with a much more realistic goal- and suggests that it is more of an ongoing process in life we should be shooting for, rather than trying to reach a state of happiness and then you're good to go forever. So just how does the book intend to make one "happier"?
In two words, the research. Since the author teaches a class in positive psychology at Harvard, the book's tips to increase your happiness, such as setting goals and expressing gratitude, stand on solid ground. I also believe most readers will find them pretty doable.
When all was said and done, I found this book to be pretty good read with a sensible approach to becoming happier.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wouldn't say I was any happier after reading this book but it does make you think about a few things and allow you to reflect.Published 8 months ago by Richard Cale
A thoughtful book that promotes reflection and the cultivation of contentment. As one might expect from this Harvard academic, Tal Ben-Shahar, the work is informed by his academic... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eileen Doyle
A superb book that looks at different attitudes to life with some striking and simple analogies. Very good for teaching- he is after all a professor! Read morePublished on 19 July 2014 by Clive Smart
It contains several useful advises and examples that will help you to become a happier person, not when you win the lottery, finish your degree or buy your house... Read morePublished on 8 April 2014 by AndresKdr
Read this and actually took the time to do most of the exercises, which proved really helpful in getting things out of the mind, out in the open and down on paper. Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2014 by miss n m williams
couldn't be happier with this product.
very practical and informative and wasn't complicated or wishywashy. will be using this book over and over again