The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation

Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

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The #1 international bestseller from the author of The Book of Awesome that “reveals how all of us can live happier lives” (Gretchen Rubin).   What is the formula for a happy life? Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a New York Times–bestselling author, a Walmart executive, a father, a husband. After selling more than a million copies of the Book of Awesome series, wherein he observed the everyday things he thought were awesome, he now shifts his focus to the practicalities of living an awesome life. In his new book The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing and do anything in order to have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, you simply have yet to unlock the 9 Secrets to Happiness. Each secret takes a piece out of the core of common sense, turns it on its head to present it in a completely new light, and then provides practical and specific guidelines for how to apply this new outlook to lead a fulfilling life. Once you've unlocked Pasricha’s 9 Secrets, you will understand counter intuitive concepts such as: Success Does Not Lead to Happiness, Never Take Advice, and Retirement Is a Broken Theory. You will learn and then master three brand-new fundamental life tests: the Saturday Morning Test, The Bench Test, and the Five People Test. You will know the difference between external goals and internal goals and how to make more money than a Harvard MBA (hint: it has nothing to do with your annual salary). You will discover that true wealth has nothing to do with money, multitasking is a myth, and the elimination of options leads to more choice. The Happiness Equation is a book that will change how you think about pretty much everything—your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9780698155695
Characteristics: 320 p
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Sep 19, 2020

I read this book because I read Neil Pasricha's "Book of awesome" and enjoyed it. 'The Happiness Equation" is a simple book about how to be relatively content and happy. To want nothing. That's contentment. To do anything. That's freedom. To have everything. That's happiness. This is the sum of the book. I liked the book but couldn't help feeling much of it was restatement of what others had said. Also, a lot of it was counter-intuitive. The last chapter was, to say the least, paradoxical. "Don't take advice," he says. Should we take this advice and not take this advice thereby breaking the last commandment? Notwithstanding such paradoxes it is an interesting , easy read.

Oct 26, 2019

The book has some worthwhile insights. My biggest criticism is that is written from the point of view of a Harvard MBA grad who probably has a very high income. If you are not in this category (ie. most of us) then a lot of the material/insights do not apply.

Nov 18, 2018

When available - get the "two minute mornings" book as well

Jan 16, 2018

This book is great! I highly recommend for someone going through a rough time achieving their goals.

Dec 11, 2016

This book might have worked better if condensed into a magazine article. There's little new here, just advice that you've probably heard several times before.

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

Neil Pasricha has devoted many years and many pages to helping others find happiness. He is probably best known for his BOOK OF AWESOME, but now he is trying to approach happiness as an equation. I have read THE BOOK OF AWESOME, which, to me, is a coffee table book, not meant to be consumed all in one seating like a novel but rather perused to bring a little dose of joy into your life at regular intervals or when you need it the most. I liked the approach of this new book, THE HAPPINESS EQUATION, with its scribbles and sketches. It was cute, more like a conversation with graphics drawn on a napkin to illustrate the point. However, I would not find it to be the most mind-blowing of investigations. Most of what Neil points out is a retread. In fact, I would argue that a significant portion of this book is quoting others. Buddha said this. Newton said that. Richard Feynman points this out. Tom Hanks points that out. It's a game of he-said, she-said, at times, and that is a touch grating. I did like the anecdotes, but endlessly quoting others didn't really help me get anywhere. It just felt like padding.

The gist is as follows:

"Always remember there are only three goals. To want nothing. That's contentment. To do anything. That's freedom. To have everything. That's happiness. What are the nine secrets to get us there? Be happy first. Do it for you. Remember the lottery. Never retire. Overvalue you. Create space. Just do it. Be you. Don't take advice."

I find it rather hilarious that the last piece of advice in this book is to not take advice, but nonetheless, it is probably good advice at that. The other lessons throughout the book are ones we already know. I think the most interesting was to "do it for you". We already know we should aim for self-fulfillment, but the controlled studies of different groups and how their performance is affected by outside motivators, like money or fame or what have you, is fascinating. That is probably my favourite part. As a minimalist, I was already on board with the lesson advising us to "create space" by streamlining and automating those decisions that don't matter but take forever. I'm also a big believer in "just do it" because the second-guessing is the killer. The cyclic nature of doing to create the self-confidence is obvious, but having it pointed out and illustrated is great. I appreciated that one a lot, too. I suppose, by already being a fairly happy person, most of these lessons were already understood by me and that's why I didn't get quite so much out of the book. For someone who is looking to be perked up, this book is a great set of beginning resources, a course of action for you to follow, but, in the end, while I enjoyed reading it because of Pasricha's writing style, THE HAPPINESS EQUATION needed to dive a little deeper to discover a bit more.

SPL_Stephanie Sep 12, 2016

A full review can be found under the Summary section. This review was first published in the Stratford Gazette on September 12th 2016.

May 24, 2016

Not worth the hype. There are far better Happiness books out there, written by far more qualified authors.


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britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"Always remember there are only three goals. To want nothing. That's contentment. To do anything. That's freedom. To have everything. That's happiness. What are the nine secrets to get us there? Be happy first. Do it for you. Remember the lottery. Never retire. Overvalue you. Create space. Just do it. Be you. Don't take advice."

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"So what's the single best piece of advice you'll ever take? Don't take advice. The answers are all inside you. Think deep and decide what's best. Go forth and be happy. And don't take advice."

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"Advice reflects the adviser's thoughts, not your thoughts."

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"Remember, it's not the critic who counts. It's the man in the arena. Pick the type of success you're aiming for and have a high opinion of yourself and a high opinion of others along the way. Move through hiding and apologizing to eventually accept all parts of you. And as Buddha said, let others keep their criticism for you. Do it for you."

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"By being clear and simple, without pretension, without assumptions, I consciously remove myself from any possible judgment that comes from any given statement. This allows whatever judgment that comes to be wholly owned by the other person. Physicist Richard Feynman said, 'You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.'"

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"An old man enjoyed sitting on his front porch every day until the elementary school bell rang and neighbourhood kids walking past his porch stopped to taunt him from the sidewalk. Finally, the old man came up with a plan. He offered the children a dollar each if they'd return the next day and yell their insults. They were excited, so they returned, yelled their insults, and he paid each of them a dollar. He then said he'd like them to come back the next day and yell their insults, but he could pay them only 25 cents. So they returned, yelled their insults, and he paid them a quarter each. Before they left, he said that he could only afford to pay them a penny on Wednesday. 'Forget it,' they said. 'That's not worth it.' And they never bothered him again."

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"When you don't feel like you're competing with others, you compete only with yourself. You do it for you. And you do more, go further, and perform better."

britprincess1ajax Oct 17, 2016

"Do it for you. Don't do it for others. It's hard to compete endlessly because there's always more to compete with when you get there. Remember we will always be number two to seven billion at everything in the world."


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SPL_Stephanie Sep 12, 2016

Algebra. Trigonometry. Quantum Physics. Happiness.

According to the international bestselling author Neil Pasricha, all of these topics share one commonality: equations. But how can happiness can be boiled down to a simple equation?

In his latest book, The Happiness Equation, Pasricha challenges readers to embrace his formula for happiness: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. It is not surprising that the man who brought us the Book of Awesome knows a thing or two about getting the most out of life.

In his fifth book, the author shares the seven secrets to finding happiness. Each chapter unfolds layer upon layer of insightful and meaningful life lessons that Pasricha has collected throughout his academic and employment endeavors. Unlike many authors that are hoping to produce a page turning novel that can be devoured in one sitting, Pasricha challenges readers to take their time and to change reading spots while enjoying this book. Although counter intuitive to my typical reading fashion, I took him up on the challenge and read The Happiness Equation in bed, in the park, along the river, on the couch, and anywhere else that I could imagine. Much to my amazement, switching my physical location actually altered my mental space which allowed me to get even more out of this enlightening read.

Of the many incredible lessons found in this perceptive non-fiction work, the line that has stuck with me most comes from the incredible mind of Mahatma Gandhi who proclaims that “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Through Pasricha’s heartfelt writing, readers are able to find advice without condescension, to rearrange their priorities without sacrifice, and to find more time in each day without the use of a time turner.

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