The Importance Of Practicing Happiness

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
by Flow Research Collective
August 1, 2023
The foundation of happiness is allowing unhappiness
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Did you know that the researcher who coined the term flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, was not even on the hunt for flow? He was looking for something bigger: Happiness.

What he found, however, was that the people with the most flow in their lives are the happiest people.

Today, we are going super deep on the topic of flow and happiness with our guest, Tal Ben-Shahar.

Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar is an American and Israeli teacher, author and entrepreneur in the areas of positive psychology and leadership. 


In this episode, you will learn about:

  • The 5 elements of happiness (6:01)
  • Does flow enhances well being? (8:34)
  • The challenge-skills balance (10:49)
  • Habits & Rituals (12:01)
  • The importance of practicing happiness (13:39)
  • Habits & spiritual wellbeing (15:33)
  • Meaning in life vs. Meaning of life (21:18)
  • Common sense is not so common (23:22)
  • Perceptual shift & flow (26:30)
  • The foundation of happiness (28:31)
  • The research of happiness (36:32)
  • Key habits within the physical, intellectual, and emotional well being (39:46)
  • The biggest shifts that are made through Tal Shahar course (46:42)
  • Leadership development at scale (49:55)
  •  The 3 elements of positive psychology, happiness, peak performance, and leadership development (51:45)
  • Happiness as the overarching North Star for life (58:13)


Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer.  

He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership

Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. 

The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world. 

Tal is a serial entrepreneur and is the co-founder and chief learning officer of Happiness Studies Academy, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier.TV.


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