The Pursuit of Perfect: to Stop Chasing and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life

  • 6h 59m 10s
  • Tal Ben-Shahar
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2009

We’re all laboring under our own and society’s expectations to be perfect in every way—to look younger, to make more money, to be happy all the time. But according to Tal Ben-Shahar, the New York Times bestselling author of Happier, the pursuit of perfect may actually be the number-one internal obstacle to finding happiness.

Applying cutting-edge research in the field of positive psychology—the scientific principles taught in his wildly popular course at Harvard University—Ben-Shahar takes us off the impossible pursuit of perfection and directs us to happiness, richness, and true fulfillment. He shows us the freedom derived from not trying to do it all right all the time and the real lessons that failure and painful emotions can teach us. He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and “Time-Ins” to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.

In this Audiobook

  • 1 Accepting Failure
  • 2 Accepting Emotions
  • 3 Accepting Success
  • 4 Accepting Reality
  • 5 Optimal Education
  • 6 Optimal Work
  • 7 Optimal Love
  • 8 First Meditation: Real Change
  • 9 Second Meditation: Cognitive Therapy
  • 10 Third Meditation: Imperfect Advice
  • 11 Fourth Meditation: A Perfect New World
  • 12 Fifth Meditation: The Role of Suffering
  • 13 Sixth Meditation: The Platinum Rule
  • 14 Seventh Meditation: Yes, but …
  • 15 Eighth Meditation: The Pro-Aging Industry
  • 16 Ninth Meditation: The Great Deception
  • 17 Tenth Meditation: Knowing and Not Knowing