a smiley face with the word 'happier' where the eyes would be and a red smile below. on the bottom half of the cover, an inverted red line below the words 'no matter what' against a blue background.

Happier, No Matter What : Cultivating Hope, Resilience, and Purpose in Hard Times

by Tal Ben-Shahar PhD Author

In America, we are taught that the 'pursuit of happiness' is one of the ultimate goals of life and one of the things guaranteed us by the Constitution. In this new book though, Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD argues that pursuing happiness directly can actually lead to more acute feelings of loneliness and hopelessness. Instead, he suggests that we ought to climb the SPIRE, an acronym standing in for Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, Emotional health and well being. If we can first work on these five elements of our lives, we can develop resilience, and perhaps ultimately be happy. Each section of this book focuses on one aspect of the SPIRE, helping you understand how to take care of these needs as they arise. After a tough few years made tougher by the pandemic, this book can help you center yourself and - just maybe - learn how to be happier, no matter what.