Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today, we will unlock the book ‘Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment’.
This book is the literary version of the Harvard Happiness course. Upon hearing this, have you become a little confused? As happiness is a personal experience, how could it be the subject of a course, and how is it defined? Besides, is there really a method to achieve happiness? Moreover, is the method introduced in this book applicable to everyone? Don’t worry, you will have the answers to these questions after listening to this Bookey.
Before we officially get started, let’s take a moment to consider the following question. Have you ever had the experience of achieving a very important goal but didn’t feel the emotion of joy you anticipated from it? There was a 16-year-old teenage boy who had such a similar experience. This very boy had trained hard in squash for five years, and won the championship in a national competition. After the initial celebration was over, he was astonished to find that the feeling of accomplishment and joy which he expected to last for a long time were suddenly all gone. He became filled with loss and emptiness. The tears of joy from just a few hours ago turned into emptiness and confusion at night. He realized that even a world championship could not guarantee long-lasting happiness.
Since then, the boy began to search for the essence of happiness. He read through every book he could find about happiness, from Aristotle to Confucius, and from ancient philosophy to modern psychology. While at university, he majored in psychology and philosophy. Later on, he became a tutor who taught Positive Psychology at school and shared his thoughts on happiness over the years. His Positive Psychology course was once selected as among the most popular courses at the university. Moreover, he was also regarded as the most popular tutor and life mentor in the school.
With that said, can you guess who he is? This man is the author of the book, Tal Ben-Shahar. He holds a master’s degree in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Organizational Behavior from Harvard University. The Positive Psychology and Leadership Psychology courses he created were once selected as among the “most popular courses” at the university. Moreover, he was also rated as “Harvard’s most popular tutor.” The rate of views on his Happiness course continuously rank among the highest on all major open course websites. As the literary version of the Happiness course, the book ‘Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment’ has been translated into 16 languages and was published in nearly 20 countries and regions. The book mainly elaborates on two aspects, "what happiness is" and "how to find happiness." It not only contains results from research on the subject of happiness, but also teaches people how to obtain such happiness. It is a useful manual from which one can practice finding happiness.
In this Bookey, We will interpret the essence of the book from the following three aspects:
Part one: What is happiness?
Part two: How to build happiness at work
Part three: How to achieve happiness in life