Psychologist and New York Times Bestselling author Dr Tal Ben-Shahar taught the most popular course at Harvard on Positive Psychology – but he’s also the perfect guest to help us navigate how to be sad, well.
From a dashed career as an elite squash player to navigating the perils of perfectionism, the fallacy of arrival and the importance of feeling all of our feelings – Tal has explored highs and lows both personally and professionally.
Now, Tal says: ‘One of the major obstacles to becoming happier is the belief that life can and ought to be free of painful emotions.’
Here, we talk about
- positive psychology vs toxic positivity
- arrival fallacy
- perfectionism (aka sunk cost’)
- why we need to embrace ‘wholebeing’
- the SPIRE model for living and being sad, well
- what advice Tal would you give to his 21 year old self