By Tal Ben-Shahar. What kind of life do you want for yourself? What choices will create this kind of life? In his New York Times bestseller. Our time here is precious and finite. How do you want to live it — by pursuing your dreams regardless of the outcome — or tamping down your. Choose the Life You Want by Tal Ben-Shahar, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Choose the Life You Want: Sometimes the hardest part of decision-making is being aware that there’s a decision to be made in the first place.
Tal Ben-Shahar advocates a proactive approach to well-being in which every shahr offers opportunities for positive changes in our lives. He promises no simple trick or secr Sometimes the cchoose part of decision-making is being aware that there’s a decision to be made in the first place.
He promises no simple trick or secret, no quick-fix for instant improvement. Instead, he proposes being continuously mindful of the power we hold to choose our courses of action at every moment of our lives.
As Ben-Shahar himself chooss, “The dramas of life’s ‘big decisions’ which, almost by definition, are few and far between should not hide the fact that in life we face choices all shhar time. Every moment of our waking lives we face choices whose cumulative effect on us is just as great, if not greater, than the effect of the big decisions. I can choose whether to sit up straight or stooped; whether to say a warm word to my partner or give her a sour look; whether to appreciate my health, my friend, and my lunch, or to take these for granted; whether to choose to choose or to remain oblivious to the choices that are there choosee the making.
Individually, these choices may not seem important, but together they are the very bricks that make up the road we create for ourselves. For instance, we take it for granted that our feelings are what they lfe and cannot be altered; we react to wwant else’s behavior automatically without considering alternative options; we are faced with the same situation over and over again and respond in the same way over and over again–as if no other course of action were available to us.
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We assume that our thoughts and actions and feelings are inevitable, that we do not have a yuo, when in fact we do. Hardcoverpages. Published September 25th by Experiment first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of wannt book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Choose the Life You Wantplease sign up. How can i read this book is not cost free? See 1 question about Choose the Life You Want….
Lists with This Book. Feb 08, Carol Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: This is not my normal sort of book selection. I tend to be leery and dismissive of self-help books, but the crazy title grabbed my attention while perusing GoodReads giveaways, and then I became intrigued by the substantial street creds of the author.
Ben-Shahar teaches positive psychology at Harvard, and it is the most popular course they offer in terms of enrollment. Each “chapter” is just 2 or 3 pages long, and there’s shayar much tex Disclosure: Each “chapter” is just 2 or 3 pages long, and there’s not much text on each page. Chapters follow a consistent pattern: This is then followed by a a short description and b an illustration in the form of an example or parable.
This is a book meant to be absorbed in small doses – extremely small doses. The chapters may be pithy, but they provide a great deal to chew on during the course of a day. I digested three to five chapters per day, but I think just one per day is best.
Others reviewers have noted that some chapters are repetitive.
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While some chapters may touch upon the same aspect of life, wang approach it from varying perspectives. They are similar, but not duplicates. In order to make smart choices, one has to be aware that a choice exists – at the very moment that it counts. I believe this little tome can help one improve one’s self-awareness.
I don’t know how long I’ll stick with it, but I plan to put it by my bedside and take a moment over coffee each morning to review one “choice” to consider and carry with me as I experience the day. Will it make me a better or happier person?
Ask me in a year. Jan 02, Cody rated it it was amazing Shelves: I want to read this book again and again so I don’t forget the valuable advice I found on every page. I typically don’t enjoy “self help” books but this book has been a joy to read and consider. Jan 20, Rubina rated it really liked it Shelves: One of my favourite writers on positive psychology, Tal Ben-Shahar, has written another winner with this book. Ben-Shahar dispenses nuggets of advice on cgoose we can choose the life we want.
Each nugget, about two to three pages, contain clear, eloquent strategies and advice. The only downside to the book is that with bit of advice, some of them kind of overlap.
I found that the best way to enjoy the book is to read it through, mark off those particulars chapters that have greater relevanc One of my favourite writers on positive psychology, Tal Ben-Shahar, has written another winner with ta, book.
I found that the best way to enjoy the book is to read it through, mark off those particulars chapters that have greater relevance, and return to them later to re-read them. Feb 17, Daniel Dent rated it it was ok Shelves: I was very disappointed with this book. The book is been as many many ideas relayed quickly with small example stories. Because I had just finished “Pursuit of Perfect” by same author I couldn’t help noticing the same stories repeating and the same ideas delivered in a less effective way.
The rapid fire jumping from one idea to the next leads to a big lack of flow. Pursuit of Perfect excelled when relating material to authors experiences and own sense of wonder and learning. This created f I was very disappointed with this book. The structure of this book sucks in comparison.
So although I agree with many of the ideas and respect the author I think his other books are more worthy of a read and its hard to recommend this one.
Feb 10, Elaine rated it really liked it. I wasn’t expecting this book to be as good as it was, probably because the cover wasn’t all that interesting.
But as I was thumbing through it before actually reading it, I caught a glimpse of what lay ahead- some common sense advice on living a fulfilling, better life, and some very poignant short stories to back up the professor’s reasoning.
If you liked Chicken Soup for the Soul, you will like this one too Feb 11, Tracee rated it liked it Shelves: I won this book from the Goodreads first reads giveaway. I enjoy self-help books, so I was excited about receiving it. I like that the chapters are short and straight to the point, and include a short story to drive the message home to the reader. I like to read a chapter or two a day to focus on the lesson.
This is the kind of book I would reread and refer to specific chapters when needed. Mindfullness really applied in everyday life. Pretty interesting and well written. I should remember to read it again from time to time, to fix some of its ideas in my mind.
I learned a lot, highlighted a lot, but would be better absorbed if read one chapter at a time they are all short stories so it would give the opportunity to absorb and apply.
Oct 11, Maria rated it did not like it.
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This book should be called ‘Positive Psychology for Dummies’. It’s so superficial and basic that I had to double check it was really for adults. I’d say it’s in the line of ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It’s a good book, but if you like me have read a lot of other books on self-improvement, then there’s not much new things you find here. Still ljfe is great to summarize what you’ve learnt and find inspiration for new things to try. It is a short, but inspiring read. Dec 10, Dianne Oliver rated it it was ok Shelves: May 04, Corinne Rodrigues rated it really liked it Shelves: Humanist Devotional As I started this, I quickly realized that while is could fall into the “quick read” category, it is better digested slowly.
I made it tla of my morning routine, and coose a “way to happiness” each day. There wasn’t anything mind-blowing in this book, shahat, it delivers just what it advertises: The book looks at your life, and your outlook on your life and circumstances, as a choice of perspectives; whatever is causing you anxiety or distress at this curr Humanist Devotional As I started this, I quickly realized that while is could fall into the “quick read” category, it is better digested slowly.
The book looks at your life, and your outlook on your life and circumstances, as a choice of perspectives; whatever is causing you anxiety or distress at this current moment probably has a flip-side that would create a more positive feeling. For each of the choices, there is an anecdote choose that illustrated the success found when the positive view is taken.
Our perspective dictates our reality. It is a worthwhile read, and if you can be mindful enough to remember these choices when you’re faced with trouble, I’ve little doubt that the lessons cuoose this book can change your life. This book was written as an expanded list of practical, mind-set choices we can make to increase our happiness. Reading the entries was almost boring, and the advice seemed trite, and yet Nen, holding a collective list lite piece This book was written as an expanded list of practical, mind-set choices we can make to increase our happiness.
Somehow, holding a collective list of pieces of practical life advice that we all know yet rarely follow made me really and truly wonder— Why?