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Can You Learn to Be Happy?

YES . . . according to the teacher of Harvard University’s most popular and life-changing course. One out of every five Harvard students has lined up to hear Tal Ben-Shahar’s insightful and inspiring lectures on that ever-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 in the hope of being happy in the future, and yet is unable to enjoy the here-and-now . . .

If you're a “hedonist, ” who finds some pleasure in the good things in life--good wine, good food, good company--and yet is unable to enjoy lasting fulfillment . . .

If you're a “nihilist, ” who’s completely given up on finding happiness . . .you can learn to be happier!

Thousands of Harvard University students have discovered that you can become happier. They learned the secret to lasting fulfillment from acclaimed teacher Tal Ben-Shahar’s class on positive psychology--a branch of psychology that combines the latest scientific research with good old common sense. Now you can join his class and learn how positive psychology can make you happier right now--no lottery windfall, job promotion, or new love required.

Think of Happier as your own personal workbook. As you read each chapter’s illuminating discussion on happiness and incorporate its simple exercises into your daily routine, you will see every aspect of your life with new eyes and a new sense of purpose.

When you learn how to live for today and for tomorrow at the same time, you learn how to balance your immediate personal needs with long-term goals and enjoy life as you never have before.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Happiness Foreword: Positive Psychology Chapter 1: The Question of Happiness Part 2: What Is Happiness? Chapter 2: Reconciling Past and Future Chapter 3: Happiness Explained Chapter 4: The Ultimate Currency Chapter 5: Setting Goals Part 3: Happiness Applied Chapter 6: In Education Chapter 7: In the Workplace Chapter 9: In Relationships Part 4: Meditations on Happiness First Mediation: Self-Interest and Benevolence Second Mediation: Beyond the Temporary High Third Meditation: Letting Our Light Shine Fourth Mediation: Imagine! Fifth Meditation: Take Your Time Sixth Mediation: The Happiness Revolution Conclusion: Here and Now

About the Author

Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., is one of Harvard University's most popular lecturers. He has been profiled on NPR and featured on CNN, CBS, and in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. His classes attract 1,400 students per semester approximately 20 percent of all Harvard graduates. Ben-Shahar graduated from Harvard with a degree in philosophy and psychology. For the last ten years, he has been teaching personal and organizational excellence, leadership, ethics, and self-esteem. For more information, visit

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