As well as authoring several books, Tal Ben-Shahar lectured on positive psychology at Harvard University. In fact, his course quickly became the most popular that Harvard has ever run, attracting many hundreds of students every year. This was one of the reasons I wanted to go to the talk. Anyone who can engage undergraduates on that scale must have something very special to offer.
Glum? Bummed out? The Prozac professor is here to help. Tal D. Ben-Shahar ’96, the course head of the wildly-popular Psychology 1504: “Positive Psychology,” is one of the highest rated professors at Harvard with a whopping Q Guide score of 4.8. Is it the light workload or their interest in the material that makes students so happy with Professor Ben-Shahar? FM sat down with guru of glee to discover more about his course, happiness, and how to handle a lonely Valentine’s Day.
The self-help culture is making us miserable. We need to give ourselves permission to be human, says Harvard guru Tal Ben-Shahar.
A leading practitioner in the field, Tal Ben-Shahar currently teaches the most popular course at Harvard University. An insightful article by Carey Goldberg for The Boston Globe in 2006, noted that 855 students enrolled for Dr Ben-Shahar's positive psychology course.
In Tal Ben-Shahar's positive psychology class, students learn that happiness isn't just an accident, it's a science.
“Are you happy…I mean are you truly happy?” This is a question our guest in today’s Future CEOs Podcast episode has been asking for a long time. Dr Tal Ben-Shahar not only ran the largest and most popular course in the prestigious Harvard University’s history, but he has also shared his message that “Happiness Pays” with leaders and teams from massive blue-chip organisations and Fortune 500 companies around the world.
How productive has your day been so far? Are you feeling energised? What is your purpose in life? Are you even reading this any more, or has your mind begun to wander?
Corporations are making more money while paying less of it to their employees and consumers (in the form of less expensive products). From 1950 to 1980, corporate profits accounted for six percent of nation's gross domestic product. Since 1980, that amount has doubled to twelve percent.
Ben-Shahar, a best-selling author and a world-renowned expert on happiness, has a complete command of the scientific field of positive psychology (for which he can rattle off results of a multitude of scientific experiments), yet he speaks in everyday language with humility, humor, insight and poise about how to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives.
It seems like the most widespread emotion today is worry. People are concerned about the economy, gun violence, political intransigence and climate change — to name just a few things on their minds.