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Tal Ben-Shahar Happiness Tips

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Find Authentic Happiness Formula, and more free booklets onwww.AmAreWay.org-Subjective well-being blog
Tal Ben-Shahar happiness tips
Tal Ben-Shahar (Hebrew: רחשןבלט, also known as Tal David Ben-Shachar) is on the facultyof the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. In the past, he was a lecturer in the Psychology Department of Harvard University, where he holds a Ph.D. in Organizational  Behavior.
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Tal Ben-Shahar
Tal Ben-Shahar's dissertation, completed in 2004, is titled "Restoring Self-Esteem's Self-Esteem: The Constructs of Dependent and Independent Competence and Worth."[1] Hisdissertation chair is Prof. Ellen Langer, the first woman ever to be tenured in psychology atHarvard University. Additionally, he also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Harvard inPhilosophy and Psychology. His undergraduate thesis, completed in 1996, is titled "HonestyPays: Bridging the Gap Between Moral Theory and Practice."Ben-Shahar has published several books:- The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life (2009)- Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment (2007)- The Question of Happiness: On Finding Meaning, Pleasure, and the Ultimate Currency(2002)- A Clash of Values: The Struggle for Universal Freedom (2002)- Heaven Can Wait: Conversations With Bonny Hicks (1998)
Tal Ben-Shahar: Tal David Ben-Shachar happiness tipsTal Ben-Shahar
is an author and lecturer. He taught the largest course at Harvard on "PositivePsychology" and the third largest on "The Psychology of Leadership"--with a total of over 1,400 students. He currently teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, where he co-founded The Institute for Positive Psychology in Education. Tal consults and lectures aroundthe world to executives in multi-national corporation, the general public, and at-risk  populations. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, andleadership.As reported on http://speakingmatters.org/tal_ben-shahar.html these are Six Tips for Happinessfrom Tal Ben-Shahar:1. Give yourself permission to be human. When we accept emotions — such as fear, sadness,or anxiety — as natural, we are more likely to overcome them. Rejecting our emotions, positive or negative, leads to frustration and unhappiness.2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or athome, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable.
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When this is not feasible, make sure you have happiness boosters, moments throughout theweek that provide you with both pleasure and meaning.3. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account. Barring extreme circumstances, our level of well being isdetermined by what we choose to focus on (the full or the empty part of the glass) and by our interpretation of external events. For example, do we view failure as catastrophic, or do we seeit as a learning opportunity?4. Simplify! We are, generally, too busy, trying to squeeze in more and more activities into lessand less time. Quantity influences quality, and we compromise on our happiness by trying todo too much.5. Remember the mind-body connection. What we do — or don't do — with our bodiesinfluences our mind. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating habits lead to both physical and mental health.6. Express gratitude, whenever possible. We too often take our lives for granted. Learn toappreciate and savor the wonderful things in life, from people to food, from nature to a smile.
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Appendix – AmAre Way in more details
 Happiness = Aware (Being) + Meditating + Active (Being) + Respectful (Being) + Eating (Properly)
How to calculate it?
Aware MeditatingActive Respectful Eating
WGWGWGWGWGExplanation of variables:
: Aware (being) of each other and couple’s feelings, thoughts, needs and wants
: Meditating together, or at least sharing thoughts
:Active (being) together, do things together 
: Respectful (being) of each other and couple’s feelings, thoughts, needs and wants
: Eating properly and support each other healthy lifestyle, and also feed the relationship with positive feelings and thoughts(…): if there are additional aspects considered too important to be included in the rest of theformula, they can be weighted and graded hereFor each variable, please specify:
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w: weight, importance given to each aspect (sum of all weights should be 100)g: grade, rating given to each aspect (each grade is a value between 0 and 1)If you want to use a spreadsheet, where you can insert the values and see them automaticallycalculated, you can use: http://spsh.amareway.org/ 1.2
What does it mean?
AmAre formula is meant to be descriptive and preventive, but not predictive. That is, itquantifies the current situation, and the strengths and weaknesses we should be aware of andact upon. Regardless of what the number says, we are always responsible, here and now, for our happiness, so a high result means we should keep building our happiness as we havesuccessfully done so far, and a lower result means there are aspects to act upon to improve our lives.One of the formula’s strengths is its unlikeness to reach One, the perfect score, or Zero. Thisformula is useful so we can improve our awareness about the situation so far, and build a better  present. Once the formula served its purposes, we can move on. Because the ultimatehappiness is not reaching number 1, it is in finding and renewing the appropriate life-dynamics.If we can accept the way life is, and the fact that different people assign different weights andgrades to the pillars of their happiness, and still respect and care about all of us, doing our bestfor the mutual happiness, we are on the way to build together a lasting happy living.This is a scale to interpret the overall result of the formula:
This is an unlikely result, so please double check each values inserted. If values arecorrect, it is possible the perception of your SWB tends toward emphasizing the non-positiveaspects, or that there is a short-term serious issue. This means there is a need to work on allyour priorities to make them more satisfying to you in the medium term.
Your level of SWB could be higher, if you are closer to 0.31 result. If you are closer to 0.5, you are near an exact average value where you perceive the same value of positive andnon-positive components in your life. In both cases, by working on the AmAre variables(starting from the ones with higher weight and lower grade), you can substantially improveyour well-being.
You tend towards an optimal level of SWB. You feel happy, and likely experiencedmost or at least many of the happiness "fringe benefits". You likely live joyfully everyday: nomatter the ups and downs we all have, you can make the best of them for yourself and the people around you.
This result is unlikely to be reached, so please double check each values inserted. If values are correct, you are achieving the maximum level of SWB, which you can sustain byliving joyfully .To interpret the value of each AmAre variable, you can use the same scale. If a variable is highin weight, and low in grade, then it requires attention and action to improve it. If a variable islow in weight, and high in grade, then you may ask yourself if its grade is slightly over estimated.

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