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The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything=Have Everything Paperback – December 27, 2016
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About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (December 27, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425277984
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425277980
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In one section of the book, the advice is to "just do it". Put a year-long calendar on your wall and mark off each day that you did your goal with a big red X. Who wouldn't be motivated by a streak of big red X's? Amazing then that we even need books like this if all you need is to check off your progress each day. We'll never need fancy diet and exercise programs again!
To make this book better, I would have like to have seen the information backed up by actual research studies. I think in most cases this would have been difficult because that's already been done in other texts (I came to this one right after reading Shawn Achor's Happiness Advantage), or its advice that isn't possible to back up because it is just the author pontificating ideas that worked for him personally. Additionally, the author needs to make his advice more well-rounded unless he only wants to appeal to a narrow audience that is just like him. There is almost nothing about issues that would pertain to women, and some of his advice could be horribly damaging to a woman in business. Also there should at least be some mention of people with families and / or in relationships. There is a small section on relationships at the end with math that makes zero sense whatsoever, and I feel really sends a totally incorrect message about how moods and attitudes in a relationship affect each other.
If you are only going to read one book on happiness, you really can do better than this one.
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.
Managing personal (and organizational) stress and distress depends on multiple factors including finding ways to bring greater happiness and contentment into our worlds. Mr. Pasricha's outstanding book presents so many practical and useful ways to build happiness which I believe in turn helps people better manage daily stress. Personally I also like the fact that he is a MBA and not a mental health professional, practitioner, or academic since he provides a more "personal" view than simply reporting findings from multiple research studies. (That said, he backs up his content with relevant science and findings as needed.)
I take notes in the back of books when I read and "The Happiness Equation" is filled with notes. There are so many practical ideas, many of which I am applying in my own life, that can be easily applied. In my work I always emphasize that happiness is an "inside job" and too often people make happiness contingent, e.g., "I'll be happy when ... (I have that job, make that money, live there ...)." I love that the book starts by reminding the reader of the fallacy associated that belief and the importance of working on happiness first that in term can lead to life outcomes for which we search.
Oh, and I shared the book with my wife who also found it incredibly useful! And, I have purchased some of Mr. Pasricha's books and can't wait to read them!
Ed Nottingham, PhD, PCC
Consulting & Clinical Psychologist
Author, "It's Not as Bad as It Seems: A Thinking Straight Approach to Happiness" It's Not As Bad As It Seems