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

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  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
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We're all laboring under society's expectation to be perfect in every way-to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of "perfect" may actually be the number-one obstacle to finding happiness.

Author Biography

Tal Ben-.Shahar,.Ph.D., has received.worldwide.attention for.his now-famous Harvard course in.n++Positive Psychology,n++ the most.popular class in the universityn++s history..He consults and lectures on.subjects including happiness, self-esteem,.mindfulness, and leadership.to executives in multi-national corporations,.the general public, and.at-risk populations. He obtained his.Ph.D. in organizational behavior and.B.A. in philosophy and psychology.from Harvard University.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Theory
Accepting Failurep. 3
Accepting Emotionsp. 37
Accepting Successp. 69
Accepting Realityp. 91
Optimal Educationp. 113
Optimal Workp. 133
Optimal Lovep. 151
First Meditation: Real Changep. 169
Second Meditation: Cognitive Therapyp. 173
Third Meditation: Imperfect Advicep. 181
Fourth Meditation: A Perfect New Worldp. 187
Fifth Meditation: The Role of Sufferingp. 193
Sixth Meditation: The Platinum Rulep. 199
Seventh Meditation: Yes, but ...p. 203
Eighth Meditation: The Pro-Aging Industryp. 209
Ninth Meditation: The Great Deceptionp. 215
Tenth Meditation: Knowing and Not Knowingp. 221
Conclusionp. 227
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 234
Indexp. 241
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