Pursuit of Perfect: Stop Chasing Perfection and Discover the True Path to Lasting Happiness (UK PB), Paperback Book

Pursuit of Perfect: Stop Chasing Perfection and Discover the True Path to Lasting Happiness (UK PB) Paperback

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Do you want your life to be perfect? 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. Or do you want to be happy? 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 the way 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.

You don't have to be perfect to be perfectly happy! In "The Pursuit of Perfect", Tal Ben-Shahar offers an optimal way of thinking about failure and success - and the very way we live.

He provides exercises for self reflection, meditations, and 'Time-Ins' to help you rediscover what you really want out of life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 284 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Self-help & personal development
  • ISBN: 9780071629034



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While the advice contained in this book is helpful, I have to ask myself did I need to read so much of this to get the message? The answer quite simply is "no". Having make the point that striving for perfection essentially leads only to low self esteem when we inevitably fail, there is not really a lot more that can be said, yet Ben-Sharah manages to take over 250 pages proving it.Yes, it contains proof, and exercises to help the afflicted, but it all come down to that first simple statement. But I very soon became impatient with what I was reading, not to mention extremely irritated at the constant interchange between "he" and "she" in the examples; pointless political correctness that simple gets in the way.I don't think I really needed to plough through all that tautologous writing to get the point. I could go on, but then the same accusation could be levelled at me!