Pursuit of Perfect How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

ISBN-10: 0071608826
ISBN-13: 9780071608824
Edition: 2009
Authors: Tal Ben-Shahar
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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A brilliant new guide to living a happier.life (even if its not so perfect) .Tal Ben-Shahar knows about the burden of perfection. As professor of the most popular course in Harvards history, he has seen the best and the brightest buckle under the pressures of perfectionism. In his provocative new book, he argues that people are unhappy because theyre caught in The Myth of Perfection, a dangerous trend fueling societys obsession with youth, beauty, money, success, and having it all. Ben-Shahar believes you need to be more realistic in your goals, and more accepting of yourself, to live a richer, fuller, happier life.The Pursuit of Perfectshows you how. .Filled with the same Time-Ins, meditations, and exercises that made his bestselling bookHappiersuch an uplifting,.interactive experience, this prescriptive guide uses practical strategies and positive psychology to.help you get off the perfection treadmill, get in touch with your emotions, and happily get on.with your life. .Praise for Ben-Shahar andHappier .[Tal Ben-Shahar has] a rare brand of good sense that is embedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. .--Martin E. P. Seligman, author.ofAuthentic Happiness .Ben-Shahar teaches that happiness isnt as.elusive as people think. .--Publishers Weekly .One of the most popular teachers in Harvards.recent history. .--Ellen J. Langer, author ofMindfulnessand.On Becoming an Artist.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Theory
Accepting Failure
Accepting Emotions
Accepting Success
Accepting Reality
Applications
Optimal Education
Optimal Work
Optimal Love
Meditations
First Meditation: Real Change
Second Meditation: Cognitive Therapy
Third Meditation: Imperfect Advice
Fourth Meditation: A Perfect New World
Fifth Meditation: The Role of Suffering
Sixth Meditation: The Platinum Rule
Seventh Meditation: Yes, but ...
Eighth Meditation: The Pro-Aging Industry
Ninth Meditation: The Great Deception
Tenth Meditation: Knowing and Not Knowing
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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