tal_ben_shaharpositive psychologist, author, speaker, and author of The Pursuit of Perfect.

We had a wonderful interview with Tal Ben Shahar, Ph.D. on November 19, 2009.

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Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and on the faculty of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. In the past he was a lecturer at Harvard University where he taught the largest course at Harvard on “Positive Psychology” and the third largest on “The Psychology of Leadership”–with a total of over 1,400 students.

He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and is the Scholar-in-Residence at the The David Project a non-profit, educational organization on Israel

Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporation, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, mindfulness, and leadership.

Ben-Shahar has published several books in addition to The Pursuit of Perfect:

  • Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment (2007)
  • The Question of Happiness: On Finding Meaning, Pleasure, and the Ultimate Currency (2002)
  • A Clash of Values: The Struggle for Universal Freedom (2002)
  • Heaven Can Wait: Conversations With Bonny Hicks (1998)

An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

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