Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is a world-renowned teacher of Positive Psychology and leadership development. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have appeared on best-seller lists around the world. Tal consults and lectures worldwide, integrating theory and practice, East and West, philosophy and psychology. He holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Harvard University.

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  • Happiness as the Ultimate Currency

    by Tal Ben-Shahar If we wanted to assess the worth of a business, we would use money as our means of measurement. We would calculate the dollar value of its...

  • Happiness Boosters

    by Tal Ben-Shahar  In a perfect world, we would be able to engage in meaningful and pleasurable activities all day, every day. But for most people, that is...

  • A Happier Life

    An excerpt from Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD Some version of the Golden Rule, reminding...

  • Optimal Love

    by Tal Ben-Shahar The course of true love never did run smooth. —William Shakespeare My favorite song is Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” with...

  • Creating Rituals

    We used to say that to be happy, one must find success. These days, to be successful, we are realizing, we must choose to be happy.  With scientific studies...

  • 4 Daily Practices for Quieting the Monkey Mind

    Kripalu's Katie Hagel shares some of the practices she has been using daily to help her keep at least one nostril above the churning waters of anxiety and fear.

  • Mind Olympics: Training the Brain for Sports—and Life

    Even for non-athletes, some days feel like a high-speed ski run around one mogul after another. That’s when we can tap into the same toolkit that Olympians use.

  • Get Happy: Lessons from the Field of Positive Psychology

    Is happiness possible for all of us? How do we take the first step? Cheryl Kain, Guest Blogger Because the Constitution declares our right to pursue...

  • When Happy Is Hard

    Even when life is hard, we can seek to learn, grow, and be fully present to whatever is happening.

  • A Working Guide to Lasting Happiness

    Those of us who focus on practices and attitudes that bolster happiness can significantly impact our general well-being.

  • The Good News About Bad News

    Heard the one about the Chinese farmer? According to the Taoist teaching story, he had a horse that ran away, prompting his neighbors to express sympathy for his "bad news.”

  • Garden Therapy

    When my husband and I moved into this apartment, our backyard was a strip of dirt that lay between our stairs and the garage. Construction debris was...

  • Time Affluence: Why Doing Less Makes Us Happier

    Having an abundance of time for the things I need and desire to do is one of my favorite ways to feel rich.

  • Human, Being

    What does it mean to be a human being, as opposed to a human doing?

  • Four Little Words to Live By

    The wise words I return to again and again are “Permission to be human.”

  • The Letter I Never Sent

    In the field of Positive Psychology, there’s a famous happiness-boosting exercise called the gratitude letter.

  • Healing from Violence

    What can we do to heal our fear and worry when acts of terror are possible anywhere? Positive psychologist Maria Sirois explores this all-important question.

  • Presence Over Presents

    In recent years, I’ve become a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to holiday gifts. It’s not that I don’t want to give to the people I love, I just dislike the...

  • Loving My Imperfect Self

    Self-compassion doesn’t make pain or hardship go away. Instead, it acknowledges that life involves failure and suffering, and gives us “permission to be human."

  • Living Gratitude

    Gratitude lists get us to flip our internal script from a running monologue of criticism and complaining to one of appreciation and wonder for what we have and what is always available.

  • Tal Ben-Shahar on Storytelling and Positive Psychology

    Kripalu presenter Tal Ben-Shahar talks with StoryFlow author Lisa Weinert about how the stories we tell impact our happiness and our relationships.

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