Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar taught Harvard University’s most popular course (in the Spring of 2006): a course on Positive Psychology.
Here’s Dr. Ben-Shahar’s philosophy in a nutshell: “When you learn how to live for today and for tomorrow at the same time, you learn how to balance your immediate personal needs with long-term goals and enjoy life as you never have before.”
Eleven Happiness Tips from Dr. Ben-Shahar:
1. Ask yourself questions to foster awareness about what actions and attitudes will make you happier.
2. Happiness must combine both pleasure and meaning, providing both present and future gain.
3. Ben-Shahar argues in his book that happiness is not an end state, but rather something you work towards your whole life. Thus, you can be happier each day. Even happiness is a journey, not a destination.
4. Build happiness boosters into your life.
5. Create rituals.
6. Imagine yourself as 110 years old. What advice would you give your younger self?
7. Allow yourself to feel the full range of emotions, including fear, sadness, or anxiety.
8. Simplify. Identify what’s most important to you and focus on that; stop trying to do too much.
9. Remember the mind-body connection. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating habits lead to both physical and mental health.
10. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on your state of mind.
11. Consider happiness to be the ultimate currency. Always ask yourself what you’re trading it for.
by Marelisa Fabrega (Lawyer and Entrepeneur), adapted