Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, is cofounder and Chief Learning Officer for Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization committed to helping individuals and groups live life to the fullest—spiritually, physically, intellectually, relationally, and emotionally. Tal taught one of Harvard’s most popular—and life-changing—Positive Psychology courses, and teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he cofounded the Institute for Positive Psychology in Education. Author of five books, including the best-selling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, Tal consults and lectures throughout the world, 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.


  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Loving My Imperfect Self

    Loving my imperfect self, I feel somehow better and less alone.

  • Living Gratitude

    I realize that expressing gratitude instantly makes me feel abundant, expansive, and connected to source, which is where the real magic happens.

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

    Putting oneself through Olympic training is extremely difficult and requires resilience, purpose, and self-care.

  • 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

    I’m proud to call myself an optimist, even when happy feels hard.

  • A Working Guide to Lasting Happiness

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

  • The Good News About Bad News

    I’ve learned that so-called bad news can sometimes lead to good 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.

  • 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...