Life-Changing Lessons to Live by: How to Laugh and Love Your Way to Sustainable Happiness with Dr. David Levy, Ph.D. & Tal Ben-Shahar

Original Air Date Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

According to a 75-year Harvard study about happiness, the number one predictor of both health and happiness is relationships. Non-virtual, real-life communication and connection are the keys to make us emotionally wealthy and add value and purpose to our lives. To discover how we can relish in our relationships and simmer in the positive side effects of unhappiness, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks to two authors who lecture on positive psychology and write about their life lessons. Dr. David Levy shares the life-changing experiences that led him to appreciate happiness during challenging times and Tal Ben-Shahar describes the lessons he learned about contentment with the human condition from his barber, Avi.

In this week’s episode:
•Real relationships promote sustainable happiness
•Gratification and joy from living in the moment
•Surprising current happiness statistics
•Valuable life lessons and wisdom from the barber chair

Does something in this conversation resonate with you? Are you in need of a professional speaker who can elevate your tribe & enliven your culture? Lisa Cypers Kamen is an award-winning speaker, author & happiness expert who facilitates life-changing presentations for organizations of any size. The science is clear, happier people thrive in life. If you are ready to inject joy into your organization, find out which program is best for you at Lisa’s Live Events.

Dr. David Levy — Sustainable Happiness:
  • Dr. Levy describes the inspirational writings that changed his life and influenced his book, Life is a 4-Letter Word. [1:52]

  • The beauty of living in the moment and the positive side effects of disasters and grief. [6:12]

  • Dr. Levy shares an example of a silly mistake he made in his life that taught him a life lesson. [10:56]
  • How to have fun in a conversation with a narcissist and going for the tie with your partner. [14:05]
  • Why it is OK to fake it until you make it. [24:27]

Dr. David A. Levy is an award-winning Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University, where he has been teaching since 1986. He received his BA in theater arts from UCLA before earning two MA
degrees and his Ph.D. in psychology. Dr. Levy is often sought out by the media as a psychological consultant on current events and for insights into the mental health field.



Book: Life is a 4-letter Word: Laughing and Learning Through 40 Life Lessons

David Levy Psych Website 
@DavidLevyAuthor on Twitter 
David Levy Author on Facebook 
David Levy Author on Instagram 

Tal Ben-Shahar — Life-changing Lessons to Live By:
  • Tal shares current happiness statistics and explains why levels have dropped over generations in certain parts of the world.  [27:45]

  • The invisible co-author who inspired Tal to write his book, Short Cuts to Happiness and the inherent therapy of a haircut. [30:20]

  • Tal explains how embracing unhappiness allows happiness to flow within us. [40:58]

  • Tal reads a poignant chapter from Short Cuts to Happiness. [44:12] 

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author, lecturer, and has taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multinational corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations.



Book: Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from My Barber

Tal Ben-Shahar Website 
@TalBenShahar on Twitter 
Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar on Facebook

This episode of Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio is sponsored by:

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life — A guidebook for learning how to harvest happiness through self-mastery. Happiness waits for no one and sometimes we all need support. What is getting in the way of your happiness right now?

H-Factor: Where is Your Heart? — Lisa’s documentary film that explores the journey of human happiness. Emotions are contagious and happiness is a universally-desired state. We tend to forget we all have the freedom to be happy or the liberty to be miserable each day.



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