HAPPIER TAL BEN SHAHAR PDF

Introducing your host, Matt Bodnar. From time to time, we love to sprinkle in and bring back some of our all-time favorites from the archives. Tal Ben-Shahar, where we discussed the paradox of happiness, why pursuing it makes you less happy and what you can do about it, while we dig into all the research about what really makes you happy. Are you a fan of the show and have you been enjoying the content that we put together for you?

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Under this arrangement, Ben-Shahar suggests you should only really do something if it improves your overall happiness, therefore giving you a profit in the ultimate currency. According to Ben-Shahar, if society was organised in this way there would be fewer tensions between individuals, groups and even countries. Because, instead of comparing ourselves based on material or financial matters, we would only compare ourselves based on how happy we all are. But Ben-Shahar gets around this by noting that happiness does not always stem from short-term pleasure — just as it does not only stem from long-term gain.

And he reveals the four quadrants that all of us cling to; the nihilist quadrant, the hedonist quadrant, the rat-racer quadrant, and the happiness quadrant. Nihilists In the bottom left quadrant, nihilists are those individuals who are not only unable to enjoy present happiness but they also have no hope for the future. Naturally, nihilists are unable to find and achieve lasting happiness.

Hedonists In the bottom right quadrant, hedonists are those that focus on present happiness and pleasure only, with little thought to future consequences. Rat Racers In the upper left quadrant is the rat racer, the individual who is practically the opposite of the hedonist.

This individual is the type to put off present happiness in the hope for future benefit. Happiness Finally, in the top right quadrant is the true happiness archetype. Final Thoughts As an individual, it seems important to reflect on why you do what you do and whether you are acting in your own best interests.

Having a strong grasp of what brings you happiness, and a plan for seeking it out, is the best way to improve your own reserves in the ultimate currency. That means pursuing the things that bring you both pleasure and meaning, whether that is stock investing, card counting, sheep rearing, or teaching. The goal is to make every day like that.

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How to be happy

Under this arrangement, Ben-Shahar suggests you should only really do something if it improves your overall happiness, therefore giving you a profit in the ultimate currency. According to Ben-Shahar, if society was organised in this way there would be fewer tensions between individuals, groups and even countries. Because, instead of comparing ourselves based on material or financial matters, we would only compare ourselves based on how happy we all are. But Ben-Shahar gets around this by noting that happiness does not always stem from short-term pleasure — just as it does not only stem from long-term gain. And he reveals the four quadrants that all of us cling to; the nihilist quadrant, the hedonist quadrant, the rat-racer quadrant, and the happiness quadrant.

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Tal Ben-Shahar Quotes

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. It was an event that brought the subject of happiness into sharp focus in my life. I had always believed that winning the title would make me happy, would alleviate the emptiness I felt so much of the time. For the five years I had trained for the event I felt that something important was missing from my life—something that all of the miles run, the weights lifted, the self-motivating speeches playing and replaying in my mind were not providing. But I believed that it was only a matter of time before that "missing something" would find its way into my life.

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