Tal Ben-Shahar

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Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar (Hebrew: טל בן-שחר, also known as Tal David Ben-Shachar) born 1970, is an American and Israeli teacher and writer in the areas of positive psychology and leadership.

Ben-Shahar teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Herzliya, Israel.

Early life and education[edit]

Ben-Shahar received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. His dissertation, completed in 2004, is titled "Restoring Self-Esteem's Self-Esteem: The Constructs of Dependent and Independent Competence and Worth."[1] He has a bachelor's degree from Harvard in Philosophy and Psychology. His undergraduate thesis, completed in 1996, is titled "Honesty Pays: Bridging the Gap Between Moral Theory and Practice."[2]

Career[edit]

Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, and the general public. Topics include leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. He is the author of the international best sellers Happier and Being Happy, which have been translated into 25 languages.

  • Being Happy: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life (2010) originally published in hardcover as The Pursuit of Perfect (2010)[3]
  • Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment (2007)[4]
  • A Clash of Values: The Struggle for Universal Freedom (2002)
  • Heaven Can Wait: Conversations With Bonny Hicks (1998)[5]

He has also written two children’s books in collaboration with Shirly Yuval-Yair in Hebrew; one about Hellen Keller and the other about Thomas Edison. The books aim to teach children about happiness.

Ben-Shahar appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on August 9, 2007.

He is the narrator of the 2012 documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, produced by Raphael Shore.[6]

Ben-Shahar taught at Harvard, where his classes on Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership were among the most popular courses in the university's history.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ben-Shachar, Tal David (2004). Restoring Self-esteem's Self-esteem: The Constructs of Dependent and Independent Competence and Worth. Harvard University. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Ben-Shachar, Tal David (1996). Honesty Pays: Bridging the Gap Between Moral Theory and Practice. Harvard University. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Ben-Shahar, Tal (11 March 2009). The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life. McGraw Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-160883-1. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Ben-Shahar, Tal (1 January 2007). Happier : Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. McGraw Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-151096-7. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Ben-Shahar, Tal (1998). Heaven Can Wait: Conversations with Bonny Hicks. Times Books International. ISBN 978-981-204-991-9. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Hoffman, Gil (25 March 2012). "Film aims to encapsulate ‘Start-Up Nation’s’ success". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 

Books[edit]

  • Tal Ben-Shahar (2007) Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-149239-3
  • Tal Ben-Shahar (2009) The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-160882-4
  • Tal Ben-Shahar (2010) Even Happier: A Gratitude Journal for Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-163803-6

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