The keys to being "happy" was the topic of the first of a series of MGH Leadership Academy special guest lectures May 28. Harvard University lecturer Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD, author of "Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment," presented "Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness," to a packed room in the Starr Conference Center. As the instructor of Harvard's most popular undergraduate course, Ben-Shahar explained to approximately 250 MGH managers and leaders what he has identified as keys to achieving happiness.
DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY: From left, Jeff Davis, senior vice president of Human Resources; Carlyene Prince-Erickson, director of MGH Employee Education and Leadership Development; Ben-Shahar; and Michael Nazzaro, manager of Employee Education Programs
Among the tips were giving oneself permission to be human; engaging in meaningful activities, such as volunteerism and charity; simplifying one's life; regularly exercising the body; and maintaining a sense of gratitude whenever possible. Ben-Shahar also encouraged audience members to understand that emotions such as fear and anxiety should not be avoided but rather accepted as opportunities to learn.
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