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

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

by Neil Pasricha


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The #1 international bestseller from the author of You Are Awesome and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425277980
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 66,291
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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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Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Want Nothing

Secret #1 The First Thing You Must Do Before You Can Be Happy

1 6 words that will forever change how you see happiness 5

2 The single biggest reason it's so hard to be happy 7

3 The one thing your doctor, teacher, and Tom Hanks all have in common 12

4 How much can we control? 15

5 7 ways to be happy right now 19

6 A final lesson from the convent 25

Secret #2 Do This and Criticism Can't Touch You

1 The only goal you set that matters 33

2 What's the biggest problem with external goals? 33

3 4 simple words that block all criticism 38

4 Why your dream job could be the worst job you ever have 40

5 The 3 S's of success 45

6 The sad and unfortunate reason we listen to critics in the first place 49

7 The secret scribble to increasing your confidence 51

8 3 simple steps to self-acceptance 56

9 How does Buddha use this secret? 60

10 What does a message secretly hidden under Wimbledon's Centre Court show us? 62

11 "I don't stand back and judge … I do." 66

Secret #3 The Three Words That Will Save You on Your Very Worst Days

1 The first war you are fighting every day 73

2 The second war you are fighting every day 76

3 The one thing many billionaires want but cannot have 80

4 What does a Greek philosopher have in common with the Rolling Stones? 82

5 When does making a million dollars feel like nothing? 83

6 The classic tale of the Mexican fisherman 85

7 How to use the three words on your very worst days 87

Do Anything

Secret #4 The Dream We All Have That Is Completely Wrong

1 The terrible tragedy of Mr. Wilson 97

2 Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt agree on this 99

3 What can the healthiest one-hundred-year-olds in the world teach us? 101

4 The single greatest lesson we can learn from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 104

5 The horrible idea the Germans had that ruined things for everybody 105

6 "When you're through changing, you're through." 110

7 The 4 S's of work 113

8 The dream we all have that is completely wrong 123

Secret #5 How to Make More Money Than a Harvard MBA

1 What does Harvard do for your salary? 131

2 "Is everyone nuts?" 133

3 The single calculation to find out what you really make 136

4 How does a teacher or retail assistant manager make more than a Harvard MBA? 139

Secret #6 The Secret to Never Being Too Busy Again

1 Do this and you'll suddenly have space back in your life 147

2 The 3 B's of creating space 154

3 This is how NASA, Alfred Hitchcock, and Nicole Katsuras use this secret 156

4 Removal #1: How to make every decision at twice the speed 160

How do the President of the United States and the CEO of Facebook make every decision at twice the speed? 162

The curious case of Benjamin Lee 162

The most exhausting idea I've ever had 164

285 reasons why you're tired right now 167

What do you find every morning and lose every night? 167

The only person whose rules you have no choice but to follow 169

The unanticipated joy of being totally stuck 171

4 simple words that will help you prioritize everything 174

5 Removal "2: The counterintuitive way to have more time 180

The single law that determines how long anything takes to do 182

How do you cut all meeting time in half? 184

How do you complete a three-month project in one day? 186

6 Removal #3: How to add an hour to a day with only one small change 189

How to protect your most valuable asset 193

The greatest misconception you share with every other employee 195

The only two modes your brain actually has and how to use them 198

One of the hardest and most, important things you will ever do at work 199

7 "What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?" 202

Have Everything

Secret #7 How to Turn Your Biggest Fear into Your Biggest Success

1 The childhood trauma that made me quit swimming 213

2 Two barriers we place in front of anything we don't want to do 215

3 The secret scribble to moving from fear to success 217

4 How does Jerry Seinfeld use this secret to write comedy? 222

5 It's not easier said than done, it's easier done than said 224

6 A 30-second technique to using this secret in your daily life 22s

7 What does the greatest physicist of all time say? 227

8 The advertising slogan everyone knows because it follows this secret 228

9 The single greatest lesson we can learn from Home Alone 229

Secret #8 The Simple Way to Master Your Most Important Relationship

1 "I run a burlesque dancing troupe." 237

2 This is the most authentic person of all time 239

3 "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." 242

4 3 simple tests to uncovering this secret inside you 245

5 The 5 greatest regrets of the dying and how to avoid them 254

6 "When there are no enemies within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you." 257

Secret #9 The Single Best Piece of Advice You'll Ever Take

1 "Ninety-seven percent of lung cancer patients are smokers and ninety-seven percent of smokers never get lung cancer." 263

2 What can we learn from the most common advice of all? 265

Thank You 269

Acknowledgments 270

Index 272

Credits 281

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Reancont More than 1 year ago
Some of this ideas resonate! Neil Pasricha has been looking for happiness for himself and has been interested in understanding what makes others happy. This book was born in a very inspiring way: when he was on his honeymoon, his wife told him that she was pregnant, then he began to write in the mornings to his unborn child, letters about happiness, wanted to give him a handbook of actions from his deepest longing: his son to be happy. This book contains: exercises, inspirational anecdotes, hand-sketched doodles, grafs, a poster and various quotes. He himself thinks that happiness is a choice that can make the difference to improve our lives and relationships if we cultivate it. The equation of happiness is unique to each personality and I think it has a lot to do with the deep ambitions of our heart and our true nature. Some of the ideas in this book that resonate with me are, for example, Secret 1, where he mentions that feeling happy, happy, content can lead you to success. In the same chapter invites us to practice gratitude, mindfulness, kindness, etc., which in my point of view are attitudes that connect us with our true Being, which in essence is Bliss, Consciousness and Love (Sat-Chit-Ananda according to Buddhist traditions). Other concepts that seem to me very coherent are to keep the balance and growth, since life, spirit and forces of the universe have this same nature, are constantly expanding and balancing. Likewise, I found these concepts associated with the capacity to empower ourselves through challenges, to realize ourselves, to be the best we can become and contribute to the world; what for me is the highest expression of the truth and passion of our hearts. My gratitude to the Publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to review the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago