Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar and the Definition of Happiness

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Welcome everyone to Conversations with Doc Martin!

In this video series, we’re focused on extraordinary people doing extraordinary things

In today’s interview on Conversations with Doc Martin, we got together with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar!

Dr. Ben-Shahar is an author of multiple international best-selling books, he taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history: Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership; and he is the co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of the Happiness Studies Academy and Potential Life.

In the interview, Dr. Ben-Shahar starts out by telling us how where he is at today is based on two important and specific points in his life, one being earlier on and one being later. He talks about despite being at Harvard, doing well socially, and essentially having “checked all the boxes” for what he thought he was supposed to be doing with his life, he couldn’t shake a sense of unhappiness, and he didn’t understand why.

The first point in his life was when he realized he had two burning questions about happiness, which led him to switch his major in his sophomore year fromComputer Science to Philosophy and Psychology. He wanted to know why he was unhappy, and how he could become happy.

25 years later, he hit point number two, in which one day while on a flight, another question popped into his head: how is it that there is a field of study for psychology, which is what he’d been doing for the past two decades, but there isn’t a field of study for happiness?

This ultimately led him to the creation of the field of Happiness Studies, which he has been doing for roughly the past 5 years.

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Find More of Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar’s Work Here:

Website: http://talbenshahar.com

Happiness Studies Academy: https://www.happinessstudies.academy

Potential Life: https://potentialife.com

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar’s Books:

Happier: Get The Book on Amazon Here

Choose The Life You Want: Get The Book on Amazon Here

(This is Part 1 of a two-part interview with Dr. Ben-Shahar.)

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