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Happier, No Matter What

book | Non-Fiction | May 2021
World → The Experiment, LLC (Ed. Batya Rosenblum)

Finding Pleasure and Purpose in Hard Times

From one of world’s leading positive psychologists, who taught the famous “Happiness" course at Harvard, a book about building resilience to weather the most difficult times in your life.

Since March, Tal Ben-Shahar has been giving a series of 6 lectures on “happiness in hard times” which has led to this 6 chapter book about how you can build resilience in the face of the special challenges in our lives today.

When the world is upside-down and the future uncertain, is it possible to find happiness? Happiness expert Tal Ben-Shahar unequivocally says, “Yes!” In Happier, No Matter What, he gives readers a toolbox to finding pleasure and purpose: The SPIRE method, a nuanced view of happiness with five key realms:
•• Spiritual: Are we living mindfully?
•• Physical: Do we take care of our bodies?
•• Intellectual: Are we challenged and curious?
•• Relational: Do we nurture connections that nurture us?
•• Emotional: Are our feelings both honored and balanced?

By assessing each area, we gain insight into our “baseline” happiness—and how to build the resilience necessary to weather all of life’s ups and downs, no matter what.


Helen Manders manages the translation rights for Happier, No Matter What


With his customary insight, Tal Ben Shahar lays out the elements of a happier life.

Gretchen Rubin

Tal Ben-Shahar has done it again! In your hands is an easy-to-read guide that will help you not only stay happy during tough times, but grow and flourish from hardship. Full of science-based tips, this is a must-read for protecting your mental health

Laurie Santos, PhD
Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

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