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The Pursuit of Perfect

Nonfiction: Self-Help / Personal Development / Happiness
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/08/2009

The Pursuit of Perfect

How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598878998
Digital Download ISBN:9781598879049


Tal Ben-Shahar, an expert on happiness shows us how to find it—by letting go of the desire for perfection.

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Product Description

Do you want to be perfect? Or do you want to be happy?

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.

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 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. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and “Time-Ins” to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Table of contents
  • Introduction: The Perfect Trap
  • Chapter 1: Benevolent Jealousy
  • Chapter 2: The Upside of Anxiety
  • Chapter 3: Ordinary Expectations
  • Chapter 4: Don’t Just Get Over It
  • Chapter 5: Understanding the Unknowable
  • Chapter 6: Succeeding at Failing
  • Chapter 7: Permission to Feel
  • Chapter 8: The Law of Identity
  • Chapter 9: The Platinum Rule
  • Conclusion
  • Reviews/Praise

    “The author’s extensive research and academic credentials don’t keep his humanity from taking center stage throughout this touching lesson on living authentically. . . . Eric Conger’s sublime voice is a joy to hear.”
          —AudioFile [Earphones Award]

    Author Bio

    TAL BEN-SHAHAR, himself a Harvard graduate, is one of Harvard Universitys most popular lecturers; he has been profiled on NPR and featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, and Boston Globe. He teaches Positive Psychology and other classes to an amazing 20% of all Harvard graduates each semester.  For the last 10 years he has been teaching personal and organizational excellence, leadership, ethics, and self-esteem. He lives in Boston and Jerusalem.

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