The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

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The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

Format:  Hardcover,

246 pages

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Publish Date: Apr 2009

ISBN-13: 9780071608824

ISBN-10: 0071608826

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DO YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE PERFECT?

We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations to be perfect in every way-to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of "Happier, " the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

OR DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY? Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology-the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University-Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE PERFECTLY HAPPY

In "The Pursuit of Perfect, " Tal Ben-Shahar offers an optimal way of thinking about failure and success--and the very way we live. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and "Time-Ins" to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Praise for Tal Ben-Shahar's Happier:
"This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is embedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today."
"-Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness"

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Author:
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Publish Date: Apr 2009
ISBN-13: 9780071608824
ISBN-10: 0071608826
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 246
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.3

Chapter outline

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Theory
Accepting Failure
Accepting Emotions
Accepting Success
Accepting Reality
Applications
Optimal Education
Optimal Work
Optimal Love
Meditations
First Meditation: Real Change
Second Meditation: Cognitive Therapy
Third Meditation: Imperfect Advice
Fourth Meditation: A Perfect New World
Fifth Meditation: The Role of Suffering
Sixth Meditation: The Platinum Rule
Seventh Meditation: Yes, but ...
Eighth Meditation: The Pro-Aging Industry
Ninth Meditation: The Great Deception
Tenth Meditation: Knowing and Not Knowing
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

Book description

DO YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE PERFECT?

We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations to be perfect in every way-to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

OR DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology-the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University-Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE PERFECTLY HAPPY!

In The Pursuit of Perfect, Tal Ben-Shahar offers an optimal way of thinking about failure and success--and the very way we live. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and “Time-Ins” to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Praise for Tal Ben-Shahar's Happier:

“This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is embedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today.”

-Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

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