Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

American-Israeli psychologist, writer and teacher.
Country: USA

  1. Tal Ben-Shahar: American-Israeli psychologist, writer, and teacher
  2. Professional Career
  3. Literary Works
  4. Teaching and Influence
  5. Wholebeing Institute and Sports Achievements
  6. Positive Psychology and Leadership

Tal Ben-Shahar: American-Israeli psychologist, writer, and teacher

Tal Ben-Shahar is an American-Israeli psychologist, writer, and teacher specializing in positive psychology and leadership. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University in 2004. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard as well. His undergraduate thesis focused on the practicality of moral issues.

Tal Ben-Shahar

Professional Career

Currently, Tal Ben-Shahar provides consulting services and lectures, working with top executives of major multinational corporations. His clients include several Fortune 500 companies and numerous educational institutions. Ben-Shahar's areas of expertise span a wide range of topics, including leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, psychological resilience, goal setting, and focus.

Tal Ben-Shahar

Literary Works

Ben-Shahar is widely known for his literary works, where he conveys the same concepts and ideas discussed in his lectures. His most acclaimed books are the bestsellers "Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment" in 2007 and "Being Happy: You Don't Have to Be Perfect to Lead a Richer, Happier Life" in 2010. These books became instant successes upon publication and have been translated into 25 languages.

Tal Ben-Shahar

Additionally, Ben-Shahar has written other notable works such as "Heaven Can Wait: Conversations With Bonny Hicks" in 1998 and "A Clash of Values: The Struggle for Universal Freedom" in 2002. Interestingly, he has also authored several children's books that delve into the topic of happiness, focusing on individuals like Hellen Keller and Thomas Edison.

Tal Ben-Shahar

Teaching and Influence

Ben-Shahar currently teaches at Harvard University, where his courses on positive psychology and leadership have become some of the most popular in the university's history. He has taught and influenced over 1400 students throughout his career. Additionally, he serves as a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.

Wholebeing Institute and Sports Achievements

Ben-Shahar holds a prominent position as the Director of Development and Training at the Wholebeing Institute. Beyond his academic and writing pursuits, he has achieved impressive results in sports. He has won two major squash championships, including the US College Championship and the Israeli National Championship.

Positive Psychology and Leadership

Ben-Shahar actively follows trends in positive psychology and examines topics seemingly unrelated to the field through the lens of happiness. Like many positive psychology experts, he emphasizes that success does not necessarily lead to happiness. In fact, he believes that happiness often precedes success. He also places significant importance on leadership, understanding that true fulfillment and self-esteem can be achieved by engaging in meaningful work under the guidance of talented leaders.