It’s Dr Tal Ben-Shahar teaching Positive Psychology 1504 in 2008. By the view number “55,799”, we can see how many people want to know how can we become happier.
This class “is a humanistic approach … is about fulfilling our potential, clipping away those limitations”. I watched the first class video, and by my curiosity about “Why am I not happy?”, I carried on.
Tal mentioned Carl Rogers and “Self-actualization”, which sparked my curiosity even more in relation to my previous research. Recently, I was asking myself the same question “why I am not happy” when I have everything smoothly. Do I want too much? Am I not confident? What do I really want? I suppose this kind of self-reflective question is heavy.
- Tal mentioned: “Time-ins”, “look inward”, “silence”. I suppose people can do it if they want.
- Tal stated how to take “active notes”.
- Information is not enough, Tal emphasised Transformation in learning.
- He gave an example of a research study about the difference between extraordinarily successful Harvard MBAs and successful Harvard MBAs: first, believe in themselves; second, always ask questions.
- Happiness is not binary “either-or”, 0 or 1. Happiness resides on a continuum.
- Our perception, our focus, our interpretation of life are matters.
- Study ourselves and sense what changed in our behaviour.
You may find more sessions from Harvard Open Courses- Positive Psychology on YouTube