TLS #96: how to diversify self-worth with Tal Ben-Shahar (


Today’s episode of The Lively Show is a huge honor for me to share with you.

I’m talking with author and lecturer, Tal Ben-Shahar. Tal taught two of the largest Harvard classes in the history of the school, and I was a lucky student of his Positive Psychology class — tuning in “un-officially” during my time at The University of Michigan.

His work has made a huge impact on my life and I am pumped to get to share him with you today on TLS(!!!).

In the show we cover a wide range of topics including: positive psychology, the origins of “self help,” the importance of diversifying our self-worth, perfect vs. optimal, and how to effectively implement habits that will boost our happiness.

This episode is perfect for anyone who geeks out on the topic of personal development or wants to get some easy takeaways to start improving their life one optimal step at a time.








  • Why the idea of “self help” has shifted from being about hard work and small change over time to quick fixes.
  • What things are key to making positive changes in our lives.
  • The #1 predictor of well-being.
  • Why research shows that levels of happiness and empathy are dropping, and how we can increase those things in our own lives.
  • Effective ways to get over the resistance we may experience towards things like exercising, meditation, and gratitude and how to create lasting habits.
  • Tal’s thoughts on perfectionism and how embracing “good enough” can lead to less frustration and more satisfaction in our lives.
  • How to diversify your self worth.
  • How to avoid distractions and be more present in our lives
  • What Tal would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Tara

    I just listened to this episode, loved it! Perfect way to start my morning off.

    1. That’s wonderful to hear, Tara! I hope you check out Tal’s books and work – he’s very inspiring and down to Earth. : )

  2. Renee Lyn Brown

    For your September Monthly Favorites: I’m always curious to know what others are reading, listening to (both music & podcasts), cooking, and watching. Excited to tune-in to this week’s Lively Show (major understatement there!) xoxo

  3. Hi Jess, sorry this is a completely unrelated question but I am slightly in love with your blue flowery top in your new ‘hello’ picture. Where’s it from please?!! x

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