You may believe that some people are just naturally happier than others. In “Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment,” Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar puts that thinking to rest. This best-seller mirrors parts of the author’s equally popular Harvard University course in “positive psychology,” which is the study of happiness. However, he offers not only the definitions and principles of his course but also strategies to make the changes that are necessary for your life. He also dismisses some conventional ideas about happiness that his research has proven to be wrong.
With this book, Dr. Ben-Shahar shares the science and research behind what makes people happy. You will learn the principles that you need to foster a more positive outlook on your life. Instead of just being inspirational in general, the author grounds every claim and belief in science. He even takes you through some exercises at the end of every chapter to help you actively improve your happiness while you read. Each piece of advice is specific and clear. There are also “Time-Ins” in between topics for you to stop and process the information before moving to the next idea.
There is no need for a fancy degree for you to understand these concepts. Dr. Ben-Shahar uses simple language and walks you step by step through the work that you need to do to feel happier. Finding pleasure in your employment is a significant focus, but there is also relationship advice. His ambition in this title knows no bounds as he wades into complex topics such as what love is and how to balance your happiness with that of others. He includes some tips for educators to foster happier students as well. If you are ready to stop waiting for happiness to happen to you, this book may help you find fulfillment in the here and now.