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

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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 eve

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published March 31st 2015)
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Kerri W
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the Awesome books and have read a fair amount about positive psychology and happiness. Unfortunately, for me, this book just didn't add any value. In general, it oversimplified concepts in an effort to make it digestible or to share anecdotes. It felt a little contrived when all was said and done. Very quick, lighthearted read, and likely fine if you're new to the idea of self-reflection or happiness exploration, but if you've read anything about habits ...more
Amora
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
Had a great start but went downhill after that. The chapters on happiness and living longer were excellent but the rest of the book was a bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the author’s positivity when covering the different subjects but it didn’t really get my interest. Could’ve been better.
Thurston
Apr 10, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people getting paid by author to write positive review
Biggest disappointment ever.
I am a HUGE fan of the 'awesome' books....all 5 stars.
This tripe is an annoying read. You will be HAPPIER if you don't waste your time reading this.
More to come on why this is the worst book.

Hint.....NEVER RETIRE....work means everything!
Hint...i am a harvard mba....did i tell you i am a harvard mba....my hardvard mba friends have basketball courts in their house, but they aren't happy.....we had marble floors at harvard...we harvard mbas work really hard, like 120 h
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❀ Susan G
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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anotherfungurl
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the fav non-fiction books I have ever read. It clearly states what you need to do in order to become a happier version of yourself.

What I learned from this book:
-you have to be youself, find your deepest wants and desires
-to become happy you need to know thyself
-do not take advice only you get to know your path
-you are average of people you hang out with, so make sure they are people who you admire
-eliminate unnecessary decisions in your life
-live to the fullest
Demma Be
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Заримдаа зөв цагтаа зөв юмаа олж унших ч гоё шүү.

It is an awesome book! There are various tips and ideas. In general, he suggested 9 secrets or rules how to be a happy. No doubt, you already knew some of them, but it is better to refresh your mind.
Also, I really liked the examples demonstrated using Buddha and Daniel Kahneman's stories. You can also check his blog called 1000awesomethings.com.

Happy reading! Be cool!
John Behle
Ugh, just what we needed...another must-have book on happiness, complete with the ubiquitous smiley face on the cover.

We all know the book store aisles are covered to a depth of six feet with how-to manuals on happiness. This one is different enough, funny enough and short enough that it stands out.

I liked it as Canadian native Pasricha offers contrarian, iconoclastic views, not grinning, back-slap style advice. That is one of his main points--do not mindlessly accept advice. Happiness comes f
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Alexander Fitzgerald
If I could give this book six stars I would.

I am not a man who likes self-help books. Due to what a crutch they were during a really nasty time in my life, I am prone to hate them more than anything. I despise their circular and contrarian nature. The repetition of advice that couldn't possibly stick gets on my nerves. You could literally read one page of cliff notes for most of the "best" books on happiness and you probably wouldn't miss much.

That's precisely what I've done for a long time. I u
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Renee Amberg
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favorite self help books because of the simplicity and organization of the lessons. If you like getting straight to the point, stories, examples, and quotes you will love this as much as I did. Thanks Neil Pasricha!
Sebastian
While I agree with very much of what Pasricha says, most of the evidence for his claims is in the form of quotes from famous people, rather than empirical or scientific evidence...
Rory Diamond
I think this book is important and a good introduction for those who have never deeply considered their own happiness. It provided nice little insights and general guidelines of how to be happy. With that in mind, this book doesn't really provide concrete and analytically backed answers, or even many actionable items of how to be happier. It is a bit fluffy in that way. I would recommend it as an introduction, but for anyone who considers the topic deeply and is truly interested in increasing th ...more
Vivian Perez
Just because the themes and insights are simple, doesn't mean that the book is badly written. I liked it. I learned some new research and information about happiness, confidence and life in general that I haven't read in other self-help books. Definitely a book to read and reference in the future. The key points are ones that are applicable to every day in an adult life. Highly recommend!
L.S.
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
a great book. I am usually skeptical about this kind of readings but this one was really useful to me as it had very practical advice towards self development.
Ashley Auspelmyer
I enjoyed this book a lot. It was friendly, accessible, easy to read, a quick read, but also meaningful. It is a book I feel I will need to read again and again because its message is both powerful and empowering. For the large part, it reveals truths we "already know," but it adds layers of storytelling and practical applications that make it new. I am considering having my high school students read this book, in part because I would have benefitted to have read it earlier and thereby wasted le ...more
Dave Courtney
Pasricha's entry in to the world of happiness mantras, self help books and to do lists is certainly not the worst of the bunch. Typically these books attempt to mash up some good, helpful advice with a pre-packaged list of steps that promises to help change your life. This is certainly here, represented as something of a power point presentation with easy to follow labels and well marked chapter portions (you could really pick up at any point along the way and navigate the material quite well). ...more
Shirin
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author's tone is very cheery and there are some practical tips, especially for optimizing time. However he gives some simplistic and sometimes contradictory advice. For example, he says he would never make his passion his job, because it lessens enjoyment. Later in the book, he suggests using the "Saturday morning" test to find meaningful work - i.e. what do you do if you can do anything at all?
Also the fact he works for WalMart and his Harvard Business Bro-ness are kind of problematic and
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Sarah V
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong, there were some good nuggets in this book, but the number of times that a chapter would include like 5 quotations basically as a list kind of had me rolling my eyes (that's how we all made word counts stretch in middle school, amiright?). Also, the author's interpretation of fact and what has been proven was a bit worrying (not to mention the lack of a bibliography given the number of studies he highlights in the book!). I think some of the ideas were good, and there were som ...more
Mehrsa
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems that Pasricha assumes that we are all obsessed with what goes on at Harvard and that we all aspire to be like Harvard students? And he is here mythbusting saying that actually, Harvard students may not do everything right. Yeah, I get that. I never thought that they were the happiest and most successful people. Other than that, the book is pretty banal and basic.
Amardip
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Book Giveaway.

My first impression of this book was that it was a little gimmicky, with the chapter titles written like teasers on a magazine cover and the little hand-written scribbles, as well as being a little condescending in tone. However, I ended up really liking this book because it is simultaneously easy-to-read and easy-to-apply. With short little chapters and a conversational tone, the book can easily be read in one sitting. Even though it is e
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Donna
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t make up my mind about this book, so I gave it 3 stars.

There are interesting things in here - I highlighted a lot of things - but those were mostly quotes from other people.

It HAS made me think which is always a good thing.

In the end, it was a bit choppy. And the last “rule” for happiness is “Don’t Take Advice”.

Isn’t that what this book is - advice about how to be happy??
Jasmin Mohd-zain
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
Happiness is a subjective thing. What makes me happy may make you utterly miserable.
But we all have the choice to be happy, no matter what. Because being happy is a state of mind, not an exact science.

I liked this book. It is simple , down to earth and easy to do in my daily life.
The trick is to remember to do this every day. Neil has given me a good mental tag.

"Remember the lottery."

To know what the hell that means, my friend .....you gotta read the book. Go ahead.
It is worth your time.
Jakes Espach
Very interesting and inspiring read with lots of practical advice that you can start implementing in your life. The real value of the book will probably become clear, though, when I start implementing the advice in my own life in the weeks to come. Will try to remember to write an update about how the book has impacted my life.
Trina
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of The Book of Awesome, I was excited to read this book. Pasricha introduces nine tips/guidelines for being a happier person. Written in short chapters with applicable stories, it is an accessible read for anyone.

On page 238 I loved this: "There is nothing more satisfying than being loved for who you are and nothing more painful than being loved for you you're not but pretending to be."

I also loved this line,"Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship in your lif
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Brent
Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This... was not a good listen. The best advice in this book comes in the form of watered down sentiments better expressed in any number of other fairly generic self-help books, except that the advice is tinged by Neil's own weirdly egotistic and largely unhelpful anecdotes from his own life.

The worst advice in the book was probably the bit talking about how a great way to get things done is to give yourself less time to do it. Not that the advice itself is that horrific, but his anecdote is talk
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Sally
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 5 stars not because it was revolutionary, but because it is one of the few books where I could take away many tangible and thought-provoking actions in this journey we call life.

He simplifies a lot of the complexity that we generally see the world with, and provides points that we can ask ourselves. What makes it even better is he points out that all these theories on happiness have been documented by many famous people before us, if only we can listen, and listen to ourselves
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Aengus
Jul 21, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A brief power point presentation put between the covers of a book. Whole pages are devoted TED presentations, Nike ads, and Dale Carnegie. And the advice "Don't retire?" Try telling that to a 78 year old greeter at Walmart. If you want the bullet points for a life of happiness, go to a bookstore and look at the last page. Puffery.
Janet
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by Michael Kindness. This is some good stuff here especially instruction about self reflection but I still can't bring myself to quit my job :-)
bri t
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing! i learned so much
Sarrah Basma
Some very valuable information and advice in this book, but some very useless crap also. Some things were also worded a bit odd.
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My name is Neil Pasricha (PASS-REACH-AH) and I'm the New York Times-blah-blah bestselling author of YOU ARE AWESOME, THE HAPPINESS EQUATION, and THE BOOK OF AWESOME series. My books have published a lot of languages I can't read, spent ei
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