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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 8 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399169474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399169472
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.6 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Happiness Equation:

"Dale Carnegie was last century. Steven Covey was last decade. Neil Pasricha is what's now. The Happiness Equation is a two-hour ticket to changing your life!"
--SUSAN CAIN, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

"The Happiness Equation will lead to tremendous changes in both your professional and personal life!"
--TONY HSIEH, author of Delivering Happiness and CEO of Zappos.com, Inc.

“Clear, practical, and thought-provoking, The Happiness Equation reveals how all of us can live happier lives.”
--GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of Better Than Before and The Happiness Project

“I’m blown away by The Happiness Equation. Neil's nine secrets will improve how you think, how you feel, and how you act!”
--KEN BLANCHARD, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager and Refire! Don’t Retire
 
"When Neil Pasricha talks, leaders of all levels and backgrounds stop what they're doing... and listen."
--HOWARD BEHAR, Former President of Starbucks Coffee
 
“While everyone else implies that happiness is ‘out there’, Neil points out that it is really ‘in here’!”
--MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, author of Triggers and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
 
"Nobody has hacked happiness like this before!"
--FRANK WARREN, author of PostSecret
 
"Neil Pasricha is a life coach for the next generation! He makes happiness attainable by using scientifically proven habits that require low time investment and reap massive rewards!"
--SHAWN ACHOR, author of The Happiness Advantage
 
"With simple effortlessness, Neil renders complex ideas easily memorably and everyday practical. Disarmingly written, memorably fun, and unstoppingly useful."
--COL. CHRIS HADFIELD, Former Commander of the International Space Station and author of The Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth
 
“Be happy first. These three words are so counterintuitive that most of us don’t know what to do with them. Neil does.”
--SETH GODIN, author of What To Do When It’s Your Turn
 
“How is it possible for subtle, non-judgmental lessons to hit you on the head like the proverbial ton of bricks? I'm not sure how he did it, but Neil Pasricha is the modern-day master of what it means to live intentionally. I loved this book!”
--CHRIS GUILLEBEAU, author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup
 
"This lighted hearted and compelling book presents common sense suggestions for achieving happiness that will most definitely motivate new rituals and change habits in your life."
--STEVE REINEMUND, Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo and Former Dean, Wake Forest University School of Business
 
“Neil joined the Audi Executive Team across the United States and his happiness lessons were the highlight of the show. His is always on point, thought provoking, and receives near perfect ratings. Listen to him!”
--PETER DONNELLAN, Director of After Sales, Audi of America
 
"The Four-Hour Work Week meets The Happiness Project in The Happiness Equation -- an incredible book that gave me time-saving tips in the first few minutes and a genuinely happier life by the end. Neil is the master of happiness. Buy this book!"
--BILL MARSHALL, Co-Founder of TIFF, one of the world's largest film festivals
 
"The Happiness Equation shows you how to live life on your own terms. A dazzling and highly useful action book I'll be giving to everyone I know!"
--DUNCAN MAC NAUGHTON, former Chief Merchandising Officer of Walmart
 
“Want to get happy? Steal everything you can from this book.”
--AUSTIN KLEON, author of Steal Like An Artist

“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…. Very good and well worth a look.”
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"Empathetically, [Pasricha] shows how to gain self-acceptance, feel passionate, and master important relationships...supply[ing] a great recipe for a contented life." 
--Library Journal 


“If you want to find your authentic self then read The Happiness Equation” 
--Glamour 

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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Many of you have likely heard of The Book of Awesome. This was written by Canadian author, Neil Pasricha who was to present at the Toronto Reference Library. Inspired by this upcoming event, The Happiness Equation made it to my TBR pile. Unfortunately, the event has been postponed.

The book has an appealing cover – the bright blue balanced with a yellow smiling face encourages a reader to choose it off the shelf. It has an easy cadence of text, encouraging examples and highlights some interesting facts about happiness and being your authentic self. Pasricha divides his book into 9 secrets:

Secret # 1 – The First Thing You Must Do Before You Can Be Happy is instead of working hard to achieve success as a way to lead to happiness start with feeling happy which then leads to great work and success. Paschira gives ideas such as:

Take walks to improve happiness;
20 minute replays – write to relive a positive experience
Carry out at least 5 random acts of kindness each week (good advice for everyone)
Completely unplug (hard to do in our world of connection with smart phones but finding time to leave the technology behind)
Hit flow – become completely absorbed in what you are doing (mindfulness and connected with completely unplugging)
2-Minute Meditations – using mindfulness to improve compassion and self-awareness while reducing stress
5 Gratitudes – write them down each week as a way of appreciating what we have
“Happy people don’t have the best of everything. They make the best of everything. Be happy first”

Secret # 2 – Do This and Criticism Can’t Touch You focuses on “do it for you”, setting your own meaningful goals for yourself, being confident and accepting yourself.
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You know how sometimes you find a book (or it finds you...) at just the perfect time, right when you need its message the most? The Happiness Equation is that book for me...it has made a huge impact on me, my career, and all aspects of my life in just a few short months, and has become one of my top 3 "go-to" books.
THE SHORT REVIEW: There are a lot of self-help books out there, all of them well-meaning. While almost all of them have something for everyone in them, the majority of them include a lot of high-minded concepts that just aren’t easy or practical for most of us to implement in our daily lives. Not at all the case with The Happiness Equation…every idea within these pages is “doable”, quickly and every day. Most importantly, Pasricha writing is totally accessible, and in addition to making even the most novel concepts easy to understand, he illustrates each part of his book with concrete examples and actions to make them useable right away, every day. In my opinion, and instant classic in the self-improvement category.

THE “LONG STORY”:
I received the book from my music partner, Faith, for my birthday in March. What should have been a time of celebration was actually one of the low-points of my life…many frustrations and stresses around work, finances, relationships, and my personal life seemed to come to a head right at the same time, and I was not dealing well with it. Truth be told, looking back on it now, I was headed for what many call a “mid-life crisis”, if I wasn’t in the midst of one already.
Faith had introduced me to Pasricha's Book(s) Of Awesome (she owns all of them), and knew how much I liked them…so when she saw The Happiness Equation while shopping, trying to find me the perfect gift for a not-so-happy birthday, she didn’t hesitate.
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Over the past few months, I have taken my time to read this book... savouring each "secret" and every lesson. Every time I pick it up, I feel lifted, moved and inspired to strive for a happier, healthier and more confident life. It is so tangible with Neil's writing. So practical that you are constantly connecting and relating to each and every thing that Pasricha writes. It is not often that I feel so deeply engaged and satisfied while reading about mental health and well being. There is no greater feeling in life than connecting with something that puts an added bounce in your step. I am grateful for the writing, ideas, openness and honesty in Pasricha's book.
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This is a great book with practical advice. I came across it a perfect time, where in my career I'm trying to figure out what's really important. In my life for that matter too. I was initially sceptical as I thought it might be too much of a self-help book, from my own initial point of view, but surprisingly there are some really good nuggets in here. Also, what really got me was toward the end of the book, there were some serious chapters in there that I will call 'game changers', without trying to sound too cliche. A great read.
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Countries with postmaterialist values ' where people know that they have enough ' tend to be happier than countries with materialist values ' where people always want more, regardless of how much they actually have.

According to the 2016 World Happiness Report, the happiest countries in the world are: 1. Denmark 2. Switzerland 3. Iceland 4. Norway 5. Finland 6. Canada 7. Netherlands 8. New Zealand 9. Australia 10. Sweden.

And according to the World Values Survey, the countries with the most postmaterialist values in the world are 1. Sweden 2. Denmark 3. Norway 4. Iceland 5. Australia 6. Netherlands 7. Andorra 8. Finland 9. Canada 10. Switzerland.

'Know that you have enough ' the one thing many billionaires want that they cannot have' ' is one of the many valid pieces of advice in Neil Pasricha's The Happiness Equation.

Our own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoes Pasricha when he asserts that 'a positive, optimistic, hopeful vision isn't a naïve dream, it can be a powerful force for change.'

Pasricha points out that the single biggest reason it's so hard to be happy, is that human life was mostly short, brutal and highly competitive over the two hundred thousand years our species has existed on this planet. And our brains are evolutionarily adapted for this short, brutal and highly competitive world, where the constant focus was on 'food and safety ' or death.' So as Daniel Kahneman observes in his brilliant book Thinking Fast and Slow, the 95% of the mind that is unconscious ('system 1') is automatically more focused on averting loss than on acquiring gains.
Nonetheless, the 5% of the mind that is conscious ('system 2') can have a huge effect on your level of happiness.
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