Book Review: The Happiness Equation


What’s the formula for a happy life?

Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive (I believe former now), 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.

Pictured with the book is the Chocolate Chip w/ Sea Salt Cookie from Impact Kitchen which makes me happy 🙂

My Thoughts: I loved that this book was a ton of common sense and not-so-common sense on how to lead a happier life through our choices. I love that he’s broken it down into secrets so they are digestible and memorable. Of all the secrets I absolutely loved Secret #2 Do This and Criticism Can’t Touch You from learning to set internal goals and not just external goals. I feel like I’ve been doing that through the Desire Map planning method so it was nice to hear a method that works for me echoed. I also really liked Secret #6 The Secret to Never Being Too Busy Again about how to make decisions at twice the speed they usually take us. Neil talks about how Obama only ever wore the same kind of items so he didn’t need to choose his outfits. We talked about this in episode 32 of the Alpha Female Podcast and laughed that Courtney Johnson is a mini Obama cause she does the same with her wardrobe. This book is definitely an easy and quick read and a must if you’re on a happy journey!

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