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The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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Praise for The Happiness Equation:
"Dale Carnegie was last century. Steven Covey was last decade. Neil Pasricha is what's now. The Happiness Equation is a two-hour ticket to changing your life!"
--SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
"The Happiness Equation will lead to tremendous changes in both your professional and personal life!"
--TONY HSIEH, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.
“Clear, practical, and thought-provoking, The Happiness Equation reveals how all of us can live happier lives.”
--GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project
“I’m blown away by The Happiness Equation. Neil's nine secrets will improve how you think, how you feel, and how you act!”
--KEN BLANCHARD, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Refire! Don’t Retire
"When Neil Pasricha talks, leaders of all levels and backgrounds stop what they're doing... and listen."
--HOWARD BEHAR, Former President of Starbucks Coffee
“While everyone else implies that happiness is ‘out there’, Neil points out that it is really ‘in here’!”
--MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"Nobody has hacked happiness like this before!"
--FRANK WARREN, author of PostSecret
"Neil Pasricha is a life coach for the next generation! He makes happiness attainable by using scientifically proven habits that require low time investment and reap massive rewards!"
--SHAWN ACHOR, author of The Happiness Advantage
"With simple effortlessness, Neil renders complex ideas easily memorably and everyday practical. Disarmingly written, memorably fun, and unstoppingly useful."
--COL. CHRIS HADFIELD, Former Commander of the International Space Station and author of The Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
“Be happy first. These three words are so counterintuitive that most of us don’t know what to do with them. Neil does.”
--SETH GODIN, author of What To Do When It’s Your Turn
“How is it possible for subtle, non-judgmental lessons to hit you on the head like the proverbial ton of bricks? I'm not sure how he did it, but Neil Pasricha is the modern-day master of what it means to live intentionally. I loved this book!”
--CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
"This lighted hearted and compelling book presents common sense suggestions for achieving happiness that will most definitely motivate new rituals and change habits in your life."
--STEVE REINEMUND, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo and Former Dean, Wake Forest University School of Business
“Neil joined the Audi Executive Team across the United States and his happiness lessons were the highlight of the show. His is always on point, thought provoking, and receives near perfect ratings. Listen to him!”
--PETER DONNELLAN, Director of After Sales, Audi of America
"The Four-Hour Work Week meets The Happiness Project in The Happiness Equation -- an incredible book that gave me time-saving tips in the first few minutes and a genuinely happier life by the end. Neil is the master of happiness. Buy this book!"
--BILL MARSHALL, Co-Founder of TIFF, one of the world's largest film festivals
"The Happiness Equation shows you how to live life on your own terms. A dazzling and highly useful action book I'll be giving to everyone I know!"
--DUNCAN MAC NAUGHTON, former Chief Merchandising Officer of Walmart
“Want to get happy? Steal everything you can from this book.”
--AUSTIN KLEON, author of Steal Like An Artist
“Pasricha, counterintuitively, opens by saying that the trick is not to do great things and achieve great success that will lead to happiness but instead to be happy, which will yield great works and achieve all the success a person might want. Counterintuitive, yes, but not if you consider deeply his observation that happiness is 'based on how we see the world' and, moreover, that there are plenty of specific things a person can do to adjust his or her attitude northward…. Very good and well worth a look.”
"Empathetically, [Pasricha] shows how to gain self-acceptance, feel passionate, and master important relationships...supply[ing] a great recipe for a contented life."
“If you want to find your authentic self then read The Happiness Equation”
About the Author
Neil Pasricha is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and the Book of Awesome series, which has been published in ten countries, spent more than five years on bestsellers lists, and sold more than a million copies. Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, one of the most popular TED speakers of all time, and founder of the Institute for Global Happiness. He has dedicated the past fifteen years of his life to developing leaders—creating global programs inside the world’s largest companies and speaking to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.
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I have observed that the most profound statements are stunningly simple. Such is the nature of Pasricha's advice. He explains in every day terms (most of which will have you thinking "Why didn't I think of that?") secrets to happiness, especially how to "want nothing, do anything, and have everything." Carefully selected cartoons and cleverly designed charts (Pasricha calls them "scribbles") help the reader visualize how the flawed approaches of conventional wisdom are preventing us from living fulfilling lives.
If you are thinking of reading this book, access the table of comments. You'll see topics like, "The First Five Things You Must Do Before You Can Be Happy," and "Do This and Criticism Can't Touch You." I've seen such teasers before. But Pasricha delivers. You could get this book at the library, but you might want a copy to keep, so that you can check your progress on ways to be happy today, not at some distant time in that elusive future we keep hoping will arrive. As I finish writing this review, I'll be picking up the phone to thank my friend for recommending this book. It is indeed life-changing.
When I asked a hospitality CEO if he knew a book, model or website that actually helped people navigate and simplify their most challenging decisions so they can live with contentment, freedom, and happiness, he said, ‘That book doesn’t exist. It would be like asking every high-powered executive, successful person, and positive leader to distill all the personal mental models they’ve created over their lives into one book. Nobody has ever done it.’
I know this is true because I’ve been searching for a practical book with real frameworks on leading myself to happiness for years. I wanted something beyond stories about generals, parables about penguins, and research studies with data pointing any which way. I wanted real, I wanted practical, I wanted clear. I wanted an action book that I could use every day.
This is that book.”
~ Neil Pasricha from The Happiness Equation
Neil Pasricha is awesome. And so is this book.
Ryan Holiday connected us and I’m glad he did.
Neil’s a fascinating guy—a Harvard MBA who runs a site called 1000awesomethings.com who also happens to be the director of leadership development for Walmart, one of the most popular TED speakers ever, the director of the Institute for Global Happiness AND the best-selling author of The Book of AWESOME series—with over 1 million books sold. (<—That is awesome.)
He’s also a funny, great writer who packs a ton of super practical wisdom into this quick-reading book. I highly recommend it.
I’m excited to share a few of my favorite Big Ideas:
1.The Big 7 - Ways to boost your happiness.
2. Waking up w/Icky Guy - Is really important.
3. Add an Hour to Your Day - Here's how
4. Tip from a Great Ohysicist - Just do it.
5. It's Saturday AM - What do you do?
The wisdom we need is already within. We just need to slow down long enough to see it and then have the courage to live it.
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I lean heavily toward personal, leadership, or organization development books that are evidence-based. Neil does cite some research and many of his approaches align well with the emerging science of well-being. What sets this book apart is simplicity, practicality, and readability. Neil uses a breezy, conversational style, liberally illustrated with his “scribbles” or hand drawn diagrams. The very short chapters — some only one page — makes the book easy and fun to browse.
Here are a few points that stood out most for me:
• The traditional equation of Great work -> Big Success -> Be Happy needs to Change to Be Happy -> Great Work -> Big Success. Be happy needs to come first.
• Do it for you. Don’t do it to please others.
• Lack of self-confidence is the root of why we pay too much attention to critics and compare ourselves to others to gauge our success. High opinion of both ourselves and others is what brings confidence.
• We’re programmed to scan for problems to fix and dangers to watch out for. We have much to be grateful for and need to focus on our strengths and positives.
• Retirement is a new concept, a Western concept, and a broken concept based on the assumptions that we enjoy doing nothing instead of being productive. Work gives us socializing, structure, stimulation, and story (purpose).
• How much are you truly earning when you break it down hourly? Overvalue you and your own time.
• Reduce your choices and decisions.
• Multi-tasking is a myth — we can only do one thing at a time.
• Create space for yourself.
• It’s easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking than to think yourself into a new way of acting.
• Be you — be authentic. Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship in your life.
• Your spouse/life partner has a huge impact on your happiness.
• You can take advice, but you need to listen to your inner voice and decide for yourself.
Neil calls many of his chapters and sections “secrets.” But they’re becoming pretty well-known now. If you’re looking for an inspiring and uplifting summary or reminder of what leads to higher happiness and well-being, "The Happiness Equation adds up" to time well invested.