192. Happier With Tal Ben-Shahar

Happiness is tricky. Poets, philosophers, and musicians have written about this emotion throughout history, yet most of us would struggle to define it if asked. In fact, psychologists and other mental health professionals often abandon the topic for pathology. In this episode of Psychologists Off the Clock, Yael and Tal Ben-Shahar, happiness expert and author of the best-selling book, Happier, discuss happiness and what it means to be happy in today’s world. Pause a moment and take inventory of your emotions. What shows up? What’s missing? Join us in this episode, and take a step toward embracing and making room for all of your emotions today!

Listen and Learn:

  • About how Debbie first came to know Tal 
  • Yael and Debbie’s happiness hacks and the practices they use to build happiness in their busy lives
  • Happiness expert Tal’s definition of happiness
  • The differences between well-being and pleasure
  • Why it might be important to make room for all types of experiences (even the negative ones!)
  • How Tal’s life experiences have informed his work in the field of happiness
  • Practical advice for teaching your kids how to embrace and make room for uncomfortable emotions
  • Tal’s wisdom for choosing your responses in uncomfortable situations
  • On-the-ground practices you can use to build happiness into your busy life
  • Tal’s evidence-based thoughts on perfectionists, optimists, and performance-based happiness
  • About the most influential books Tal has read in the past year


About Tal Ben-Shahar:

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer.  He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. Tal is a serial entrepreneur, and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships.  Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices Yoga.  He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard

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Episode 192