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Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

Have you ever attained something that you believed would make you happy, only to discover that it didn’t? Author, psychologist, and happiness expert Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar wondered the same thing. Then he coined a term for it: the arrival fallacy.

In this episode of storymark℠, Ben-Shahar deconstructs the prevailing wisdom around happiness, and shares with host, Gil Galanos, why he believes it's incomplete. Ben-Shahar contends that an integration between future-oriented goals and living in the present moment is what actually creates true contentment — a lesson he confronted personally when his promising athletic career was cut short.

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storymark is hosted by Gil Galanos. Our Producer is Elie Bleier. Our Associate Producer is Rebekah Sebastian. Our Editor is Zev Levi.

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