Sound ad­vice in pur­suit of hap­pi­ness

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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