(1970 - )
Tal Ben-Shahar is an Israeli author, lecturer, and
consultant who is most famous for teaching Harvard University's most popular course.
Born in Ramat
Gan, Israel to an engineer and
biology teacher, Ben-Shahar earned his BA in psychology and philosophy
from Harvard University, where he would also later receive his Ph.D
in organizational behavior. He became interested in positive psychology
in 1993 as an undergraduate student at Harvard.
His teaching courses at Harvard on "Positive Psychology"
and the "Psychology of Leadership" famously became some of
the most popular courses in the university's history with an enrollment
total of over 1,400 students.
Ben-Shahar consults and lectures around the world
to executives of multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 companies,
educational institutions and the general public. He also currently teaches
at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. According to Ben-Shahar,
the most exciting part of his research is applying positive psychology
ideas to schools and the way children are taught in the education systems
in various countries.
Ben-Shahar is also the author of the international
bestsellers Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting
Fulfillment and Being Happy: You Don’t Have to Be Perfect
to Lead a Richer, Happier Life. Both books have been translated
into twenty-five languages. In 2007, he appeared on cable television's The Daily Show with Jon
Stewart after his book Happier gained international acclaim.
Ben-Shahar's newest book, Choose the Life You Want, will be
published in the fall of 2012.
In 2012, Ben-Shahar was selected to narrarate the documentary Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, produced by Raphael Shore and JeruslameOnlineU.com.
Ben Shahar; Israel Inside: The Movie; Wikipedia.