Sound advice in pursuit of happiness
WRONG choices are inevitable but decisions made in the aftermath have the power to shape your life, says “happiness guru” Tal Ben-Shahar.
Author and lecturer Ben-Shahar delivered a public talk at Wesley College last Wednesday, offering his expertise on choices that he said could lead to happiness.
Ben-Shahar has a PhD in organisational behaviour, a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and psychology from Harvard University and offered insights on happiness, leadership, resilience, goalsetting and more.
The talk, “Choices We Make”, explored how a person’s choices can impact overall happiness.
Ben-Shahar said genetics could make up about half of a person’s happy disposition but the other 50 per cent came from the larger and smaller choices in life.
“There are little choices, such as whether a person smiles or frowns, offers kind or harsh words to another person or whether they appreciate what they have or take things for granted,” he said.
“But then there are the major choices, such as what career or calling they choose to pursue and whether they choose to invest in real – rather than virtual – relationships.”
While wrong choices may come with a consequence, BenShahar said they could be seen as a positive learning curve.
“It’s inevitable to sometimes make wrong choices, it is part of being human,” he said.
“It’s how we learn and grow. So when we make a bad choice we... need to ask what we can learn from it.”
Visit www.wesley.wa.edu.au/ event/wes-talks-tal-ben-shahar.
Author and speaker Tal BenShahar.