Psychology 1504 Positive Psychology from Harvard

 Tal Ben Shahar

In my haste to get this site up for it’s April 15th official release, I’ve been putting in very sparse descriptions for the sites I’ve recommended. Permit me to be a little more descriptive here.

I would say that it’s just about indisputable that this will be the most important course you’ve ever watched online. Why? Because, if you want to have true succcess in life, you should have scientifically valid models of what works and what doesn’t work.

Here’s the link for the class and here are some other links that talk about the class.

This class is more than self-help BS- it’s the scientific study of peak psychological behaviors. If you want to be your best, this class is a great start.

I’m in the process of developing an online course using the lectures and course materials from 1504. I expect that I’ll launch the course, free of charge, to US residents in June. (overseas is welcome, but for the first run of the class, I’ll be using a concall number with a US Area Code). I’m planning on using Skype conferencing for the second class. 

Six Tips for Happiness

Advice from Tal Ben-Shahar.

1. Give yourself permission to be human. When we accept emotions — such as fear, sadness, or anxiety — as natural, we are more likely to overcome them. Rejecting our emotions, positive or negative, leads to frustration and unhappiness.

2. Happiness lies at the intersection between pleasure and meaning. Whether at work or at home, the goal is to engage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable. When this is not feasible, make sure you have happiness boosters, moments throughout the week that provide you with both pleasure and meaning.

3. Keep in mind that happiness is mostly dependent on our state of mind, not on our status or the state of our bank account. Barring extreme circumstances, our level of well being is determined by what we choose to focus on (the full or the empty part of the glass) and by our interpretation of external events. For example, do we view failure as catastrophic, or do we see it as a learning opportunity?

4. Simplify! We are, generally, too busy, trying to squeeze in more and more activities into less and less time. Quantity influences quality, and we compromise on our happiness by trying to do too much.

5. Remember the mind-body connection. What we do — or don’t do — with our bodies influences our mind. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, and healthy eating habits lead to both physical and mental health.

6. Express gratitude, whenever possible. We too often take our lives for granted. Learn to appreciate and savor the wonderful things in life, from people to food, from nature to a smile.

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