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The Happiness Equation
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The Happiness Equation
Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
What's the formula for a happy life?
Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times–bestselling 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 9 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 and hand-drawn scribbles 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:
· Why success doesn't lead to happiness
· How to make more money than a Harvard MBA
· Why multitasking is a myth
· How eliminating options leads to more choice
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.


From the Hardcover edition.

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
What's the formula for a happy life?
Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times–bestselling 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 9 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 and hand-drawn scribbles 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:
· Why success doesn't lead to happiness
· How to make more money than a Harvard MBA
· Why multitasking is a myth
· How eliminating options leads to more choice
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.


From the Hardcover edition.
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  • From the book 1. 6 words that will forever change how you see happiness


    Let's start off with some bad news. The happiness model we're taught from a young age is actu-ally completely backward. We think we work hard in order to achieve big success and then we're happy. We think the scribble goes like this:

    Study hard! → Straight A's! → Be happy!
    Interview lots! → Great job! → Be happy!
    Work overtime! → Get promoted! → Be happy!

    But it doesn't work like that in real life. That model is broken. We do great work, have a big success, but instead of being happy, we just set new goals. Now we study for the next job, the next degree, the next promotion. Why stop at a college degree when you can get a master's? Why stop at Director when you can be VP? Why stop at one house when you can have two? We never get to happiness. It keeps getting pushed further and further away.
    What happens when we snap "Be happy" off the end of this scribble and stick it on the beginning?

    Now everything changes. Everything changes. If we start with being happy, then we feel great. We look great. We exercise. We con- nect. What happens? We end up doing great work because we feel great doing it. What does great work lead to? Big success. Massive feelings of accomplishment and the resulting degrees, promotions, and phone calls from your mom telling you she's proud of you.

    Harvard Business Review reports that happy people are 31% more productive, have 37% higher sales, and are three times more creative than their counterparts.

    So what's the first thing you must do before you can be happy? Be happy. Be happy first.

    Being happy opens up your learning centers. Your brain will light up like Manhattan skyscrapers at dusk, sparkle like diamonds under jewelry store lights, glow like stars in the black sky above a farmer's field.

    American philosopher William James says, "The greatest dis- covery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."

    The Happiness Advantage author Shawn Achor says, "It's not necessarily the reality that shapes us but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality."

    William Shakespeare says, "For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."


    2. The single biggest reason it's so hard to be happy


    Shakespeare says, "For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." But if it's just thinking, plain thinking, why can't we think ourselves into a good mood whenever we want?

    Seems like we should be able to just flip a mental switch.

    But we all know it's not that easy. Sometimes our brains get fo- cused on negative things. We can't stop! I do this all the time. And you want to know a secret? Everybody does. Every single person gets stuck focusing on the negative sometimes. I've spoken on stages with the best-known motivational speakers, Fortune 500 CEOs, and political leaders from around the world. Do you know what they're all doing backstage? Freaking out. Sweating. Thinking something might go wrong.

    We all have negative self-talk. There is no such thing as an eter- nal optimist. There are people who feel optimistic, but those people have negative self-talk, too. And that's okay. The problem isn't that we have negative thoughts in our brain.

    The problem is we think we shouldn't have negative thoughts.

    But why do our brains focus on negative things? Once we under- stand this we can learn how much we can control and make con- scious efforts to be...
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  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2016
    A search for "simple models to decide what to do" to be happy. "I wish that I had let myself be happier." So runs one plank in an Internet meme listing the five greatest regrets of the dying. Enter popular TED speaker and Institute for Global Happiness founder Pasricha, of Book of Awesome series fame, who observes, "Being happier is the biggest challenge you face every single day at work." And at home, at the grocery store, and everywhere else, it seems, though for some reason we tend collectively not to make effecting that happier-making a high priority. Perhaps we thrive on misery, but perhaps, too, we just don't know how to do so. 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. In that regard, one of the author's more useful cross-cultural examples is the Okinawan notion of ikigai, which loosely translates to "the reason you wake up in the morning," whether to grow wealthy or to do good in the world. A reason to get up is a very good thing, particularly for retirees, who, to trust Pasricha, would seem to be particularly miserable--good reason, he argues, not to retire. What else not to do? Spend a lot of time monitoring email, for one thing.... Some of the book is New Age pabulum and some painfully common-sensical. But some of it is very good and well worth a look.

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  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2016

    Perhaps ever since the Declaration of Independence asserted that all people deserved the right to pursue happiness, we have been on a quest to do just that. Mindell, registered pharmacist, MH, PhD, and author of several books on the importance of food and vitamins on the brain, posits that negative ions (invisible mood enhancers) provide relief for sufferers of depression, asthma, and heart disease. Using abundant research, he suggests a list of negative-ion devices to employ for better all-around health. Pasricha ("Book of Awesome" series) sets forth a more psychological approach: that one has the power to manage his or her attitude toward circumstances despite the inability to control events themselves. In order to help shape reluctant attitudes, the author encourages engaging in such activities as random acts of kindness, 30-minute walks, and unplugging from e-data. Empathetically, he shows how to gain self-acceptance, feel passionate, and master important relationships. VERDICT Both authors define different pathways to the same goal--happiness. While Mindell focuses on the physical aspects of achieving wholeness, Pasricha provides the insight that while people aren't in command of everything that happens in their lives, they can respond as they wish. Taken together, the two titles supply a great recipe for a contented life.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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