Tal Ben-Shahar Archives | Wholebeing Institute

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.

Just Do It!

Posted on May 9, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical, Relational, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar A thousand-mile journey begins with a first step. —Lao Tzu Procrastination—putting things off, dragging one’s feet, unnecessarily postponing what can and needs to be done today—is a pervasive phenomenon. Over 70 percent of college students, for example, identify themselves as procrastinators. The temptation to put things off is understandable, but the price we pay for procrastinating is high—studies show that...

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See the Other

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. —Elie Wiesel As we go through life, we encounter dozens of people every day. Each person we meet is a world unto him- or herself. But we pass these people by, and our attitude to them is mostly instrumental: We notice only those aspects that may be of use to us. What would happen if we tried to see each person as a complete human being, rather than as a means to an...

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Here and Now

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar On this Election Day, we offer a reminder of where the true source of happiness lies—no matter what happens around us. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” —Gandhi I am optimistic about the possibility of change toward a more emotionally prosperous society. I believe that people can find work that will provide them present and future benefit, that people can find education a rich source of the ultimate...

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Happiness in the Workplace

Posted on Sep 1, 2016 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Tal Ben-Shahar Taste the joy that springs from labor. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In Hebrew, the word for “work” (avoda) stems from the same root as the word for “slave” (evod). Most of us have no choice but to work for a living. Even if we do not need to work for our survival, we are enslaved by our nature: we are constituted to want to be happy, and to be happy we need to work. However, being enslaved by the exigencies of life...

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Ending the Year with Appreciative Inquiry

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

by Tal Ben-Shahar Here is a reminder of a beautiful and transformative exercise to practice in a quiet moment on your own, taking a timeout from the bustle of the season, or to share with loved ones when you gather together. Happy Holidays! In the 1980s, David Cooperrider and his colleagues introduced a simple yet revolutionary approach to change that has since helped numerous individuals and organizations grow and learn. Rather than focusing on...

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Appreciate the Good

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 in blog, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Tal Ben-Shahar

by Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar On this Thanksgiving Day, we offer you wise words on gratitude from our Chief Learning Officer. May your holiday be full of pleasure, meaning, and connection! Gratefulness is a measure of our aliveness. Are we not dead to whatever we take for granted? Surely to be numb is to be dead. —David Steindl-Rast The word appreciate has two meanings. The first is to be thankful—the opposite of taking something for granted—and...

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