What's the formula for a happy life?
Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times best-selling author, and a husband and dad. After selling more than a million copies of his Book of Awesome series, he now shifts his focus from observation to application.
In The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing, do anything, and have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction, you simply haven't unlocked the Nine Secrets to Happiness.
Each secret takes a common ideal, flips it on its head, and casts it in a completely new light. Pasricha then goes a step further by providing step-by-step guidelines that illustrate exactly how to apply each secret to live a happier life today.
Controversial? Maybe. Counterintuitive? Definitely.
The Happiness Equation will teach you such principles as:
The Happiness Equation is a book that will change how you think about everything - your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness.
©2016 Neil Pasricha (P)2016 Penguin Audio
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The Happiness Equation gives some solid and practical ways of producing happiness in one's self. Pasricha's ideas about starting out happy rather than letting your environment determine your happiness has some truth to it; even if it is nothing new. However, some of the examples he used were god awful. He struggles to admit to others that he attended Harvard so he experiences being inauthentic and that makes him feel bad, gee wiz what's a guy to do. It's not relatable to the vast majority of his audience. He goes on about how he was on the bestseller list with his "awesome" book for way too long and how that 'didn't really make him happy.' Instead he suggests you should "want nothing" and that is part of his equation to finding happiness.
It is a flawed equation. Pasricha's ideas are meant to produce a sort of happiness which really is not sustainable in most people. It is a cookie cutter approach to life, making all your variables line up to produce the same happiness ad nauseam. He talks about never retiring and just doing this approach to enjoying your work and what not FOREVER. Not going to happen for 90% of the population who work themselves to death in dead end jobs anyway.
I'm not surprised to find out the author works at Walmart and enjoys their "culture" and is the type of person to own 7 pairs of the same outfit for simplifying his life. These people are the most neurotic and fearful bunch who hate anyone expressing actual emotions other than obsequious joy.
No, there are better books out there.
Liam Neeson. Pastiche's voice is INSUFFERABLE.
I am a former teacher. I love reading and I am currently focusing on health and entrepreneurs .
I was desperately looking for a book to guide me back to the self I thought was lost forever! At midlife : I lost my dog, family member, career, savings, home and any real hope for a future. Neil nailed it, no matter where you are in your life's journey, I believe this book will change your negative spiral and set you on a path to your amazing authentic self! Get the book now! Do not waste anymore of your precious time in despair, confusion, what if thinking! Thank you Neil, excellent job!
I've recommended it to friends. It is both enjoyable and informative at the same time.
While the content was solid I believe the audio presentation would have been stronger and more pleasurable to listen to had a professional narrator read the book.
I've read a lot of books on the topic od happiness, Neil does a solid job of interweaving stories with these truths that one comes across in countless books. I also learned something new in every chapter!
I came to hear from you because of you Ted talk & decided to buy your book on Audible. When your book can hold the attention of a 7 year old, moody 13 year old, & myself through a 3 hour snowy traffic...that is amazing! Well done.
ive spent the last 9 months travelling the world and reading books all along the way. while conforms to society as is, using captilistic leaders as prime examples, something a guy with no job has interest in, the summary of the book holds many good pieces to move anyone towards happier thinking.
So much goodness in the book. Loved the narrative skills of the author and how practical the book was.
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