Here’s 10 Mindful Ways To HAPPINESS! Choose The Life You Want with Tal Ben-Shahar


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Did you ever wish you could be happier right now, much happier? That life could be, well, happier in each moment, more puppies and roses, or that at least the sun could be shining more than half the time?

Well then do we have the show for you!

Today we’ll be talking with Tal Ben Shahar, a former Harvard pyschology professor and a leader in the field of positivity and happiness. He’s also the author of the best-selling book: Choose the Life You Want: The mindful Way to Happiness.

Today we’ll be talking about at least 10 key ways to CHOOSE Happiness in Each moment, plus the power of smiling and why we both do it before starting the show, plus why we might want to forgo that new Porsche, and instead head for Cabo pronto. Arriba!

Interview Topics Include:

  1. Got into studying happiness because wasn’t happy studying computers
    1. There was a study that gave you money to go shopping
      1. Shoppers high had 1 day stick – then gone
      2. Those who were give money to instead give away, had more stick, even a week later
  2. Generosity Brings Happiness
  • Hebrew word natan, palindrome, same word backwards, because of the relationship of giving and receiving
  1. Being Present Brings You Happiness
    1. Eric, Blind Home Designer
    2. Hellen Keller
    3. Brings happiness and boosts immune system
    1. Hellen Keller was a consummate appreciator
  2. Being in a state of Gratitude brings you happiness
    1. What Barbara Frederickson calls heartfelt positivity – feeling good in the moment
    2. Einstein, either nothing is a miracle or everything is
  3. Being Present and Grateful is a super-powerful happiness duo
    1. Like working out
      1. Can go to gym
      2. Or bring activity to everything
      1. Can meditate
      2. Or can make every moment a mindfulness practice
    2. Mindfulness
      1. Kids self-esteem is higher
      2. Also affects employees in workplace – sick less when listened to more by boss or colleagues
      3. One of best predictors of job productivity is the answer to “do you have a best friend at work” – having someone hear us out.
    3. Listening to someone contributes to their physical health
    4. Having Pets contributes to wellbeing and happiness
      1. Amy Cutty – Physical Posture
      2. Doing dishes can be mindful
      3. When eating –
    5. In every moment can cultivate mindfulness
    6. 5-10 minutes a day of mindful eating a day can improve our wellbeing
      1. High power pose –
        1. Rooster pose or big-shot pose
        1. Demonstrates confidence
      2. Increases testosterone and reduces cortisol
        1. Increases stress hormones, decreases testosterone
        2. Hunching forward at computer isn’t good for our psychology
      3. Weaker pose
    7. Posture can improve wellbeing, happiness, and body chemistry
  4. What are key ways to be mindful for happiness
  1. The permission to be human
    1. Allowing ourselves to experience any and all emotions
    2. Difficult of self-help gurus
      1. Can’t be happy all the time
      2. Cannot suppress or block emotions
  1. Allowing yourself to experience emotions
    1. More open
    2. Interpret events differently
  2. The idea of the lucky person – phenomenon of luck and Dr. Wiseman
  1. Be a benefit finder, not a fault-finder
  1. How to become more of a benefit finder
    1. Teach it
    2. Write about it
    3. Have reminders around you
  1. Bringing humor and lightness to your life
    1. The healing power of humor – Norman Cousins
    2. Prescribing humorous activities – the power of humor is remarkable
    3. Ellen DeGeneres
    4. Combining Dance and Humor
    5. The Wonder Drug video on
    6. Ellen and TBD (Too Busy Disorder)
    7. So important to do less rather than more
    8. Changing our beliefs and the mind-body connection
      1. How do we shift those beliefs
        1. Carol Dweck –
          1. Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset – self fulfilling prophecy
          2. Having a fixed vs. a growth mindset
          3. Shoot for more positive experiences – even small experiences
          4. The value of experiences over goods
          5. Supporting a child’s dreams
          6. Spirituality – having a meaningful, purposeful experience
          7. See your work as significant or purposeful
          8. Doesn’t have to be in a great or big experience or ah ha moment, it can be in just about every moment of our lives.
          9. Happiness is in the details – in the minute-to-minute decisions we make
          10. Jon Kabat Zinn – wherever you go, there you are – being present to the experience


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