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In this blog you’ll find articles by co-founder Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, a thought leader and pioneer in the field of positive psychology.

Self-Interest and Benevolence

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar, Uncategorized

by Tal Ben-Shahar Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. —Howard Thurman Teaching is my calling. I teach executives in organizations, students in college, and at-risk youth in inner cities. I teach because it makes me happy, because it affords me present and future benefit, pleasure and meaning. I teach because I...

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Knowing and Not Knowing

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 in blog, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. —Ralph Waldo Emerson We fear the unknown. We desperately want to know what happened last summer, or last night, or in prehistoric times. We want to know what will happen next week and what the world will look like 10 or a thousand years from now. We seek certainty in the present, to know what our life is really about right now,. More than bad news, we...

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Happiness Boosters

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

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 not possible. A single parent doesn’t always have the luxury of leaving a well-paying job she dislikes for more gratifying work that pays less. Getting food on the table and providing them with shelter and a decent education are her top priorities. Others who have more choice than the single...

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A Happier Life

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar Some version of the Golden Rule, reminding us to not do unto others as we would not have done unto ourselves, finds its way into most moral codes, be they secular or religious. It is with our neighbor that the Golden Rule is concerned. But what about ourselves? The Golden Rule takes the love of self for granted—the self is used as the standard for the love of others, how we treat the “I” as the standard for how we treat...

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Optimal Love

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Tal Ben-Shahar

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 Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love” a close second. Of my top 10 all-time favorites, eight are love songs (Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” somehow found their way onto that list). I love love. For as long as I breathe and my eyes...

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Relationships are the Ultimate Currency

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben Shahar Relationships matter. In the words of Daniel Gilbert,, professor of psychology at Harvard University, “Social relationships are a powerful predictor of happiness—much more so than money. Happy people have extensive social networks and good relationships with the people in those networks.” Much has been written on relationships and love. It’s probably the most discussed and least understood topic out there. Movies are...

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