The Pursuit of Perfect

The Pursuit of Perfect

How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living A Richer, Happier Life

Book - 2009
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DO YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO BE PERFECT?

We're all laboring under our own and society's expectations 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 internal obstacle to finding happiness.

OR DO YOU WANT TO BE HAPPY?

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology-the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University-Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to the way to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE PERFECTLY HAPPY!

In The Pursuit of Perfect, Tal Ben-Shahar offers an optimal way of thinking about failure and success--and the very way we live. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and "Time-Ins" to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

Praise for Tal Ben-Shahar's Happier:
"This fine book shimmers with a rare brand of good sense that is embedded in scientific knowledge about how to increase happiness. It is easy to see how this is the backbone of the most popular course at Harvard today."
-Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness

Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, [2009], ©2009
ISBN: 9780071608824
0071608826
9780071629034
0071629033
Branch Call Number: 155.232 Be
Characteristics: xxv, 246 pages ; 22 cm

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george0819 Feb 15, 2014

I think this effort overdoes the Perfectionist/Optimist dynamic.

Without disrespecting the author, I believe Shawn Achor's "before happiness" is more actionable and a better read !

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JudithE
Jul 07, 2012

A great book on dealing with perfectionism. Quite learned, which might put some people off, but very wise.

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jlcaine
May 14, 2011

This book is a must for anyone looking to find more happiness and less stress in thier life. Simple yet profound, this book walks the reader through the steps to rid oneself of perfectionism. By accepting reality, accepting failure, accepting successes, and accepting your emotions - you can be happier. The author makes a very good point: Perfectionism, like most of our vices, is just an extreme version of a positive virtue. Perfectionism, from this view, is but the extreme version of the desire to do well. The key is to find balance - and once you do, watch the vices disappear. How? Cognitive Therapy. By observing your throughts, beliefs, and assumptions about events that happen in your life and finding more useful and helpful alternative explanations, you will feel much better about your life and find life-solutions more quickly rather than falling into unrealistic expectations.

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jlcaine
May 14, 2011

In essence, Perfectionists reject everything that deviates from their flawless, faultless ideal vision, and as a result they suffer whenever they do not meet their own unrealistic standards. Optimalists accept, and make the best of, everything that life has to offer.”

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