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Monday, December 21, 2009

ICF Conference: Happiness from Harvard!

ICF--FINAL Post: The International Coach Federation conference was great. Here's another presenter of particular interest to me and perhaps you:

Tal Ben-Shahar is a psychologist, author and also teaches the most popular course at Harvard on, of all things, happiness!

Ben-Shahar is a NYT best selling author of Happier: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life. His presentation, the last of the conference, was spellbinding as he rattled off research that showed for us to be happy, we need to start with what works in our lives, not what’s the problem in our lives. So in a relationship, don’t ask what’s wrong, rather what’s right. “When we appreciate the good in our lives, the good appreciates. When we don’t the good depreciates.” People who keep a Gratitude Journal are happier, more generous, healthier and more successful. Here’s a video of Ben-Shahar talking with John Stewart on TV.

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