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

Hardcover | April 1, 2009

byTal Ben-Shahar

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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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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 obsta...

Tal Ben- Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of Happier. He taught the most popular course at Harvard University and currently teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. He consults and lectures around the world to multinational organizations, the general public, and at-risk populations. H...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.6 × 5.9 × 0.8 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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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