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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Rapid Fire Review: The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

The Happiness Equation
by Neil Pasricha
Penguin Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780399169472
Buy from Indigo

DescriptionIn 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.
The Good Stuff
  • Kind of comforting to know that everyone has negative thoughts, even the most successful people as well.  Appreciated his advice that its not wrong to have negative thoughts
  • Encouraged to exercise more as results from medical studies have shown that it helps fight depression (notice - doesn't cure it,  you moron Tom Cruise -- sorry strongly dislike that jerk)
  • Very wise Buddha story - that I must keep remembering
  • Lots of humour
  • Practical wise advice
  • The best part is the advice to understand that Culture of Enough will make you happier than the Culture of More 
  • Good reminder that I have already won the lottery - I have so much in my life to be grateful for - yup that's right, Jeff, Jacob, Jesse, Crush and Oreo (ok and Doctor Who)
  • The story hits hard about Mr Wilson.  My dad retired and not very long after passed away.  My dad was a man who loved his job, loved that he could help so many people and when he had to retire. It killed him.  Miss you Daddy - say Hi to Mr. Wilson - you guys would totally get along me thinks
  • Must really think hard and make choices about the decisions I make every day.  Really want to focus on the ones that mean most to me.  Going to be spending the next little while getting rid of time wasters. I am a Mom, I need to focus on those decisions - not the other stuff.  Sorry I will be removing a lot of my access
  • Just plain practical and sensible advice on making your happiness a priority
The Not So Good Stuff
  • A wee bit choppy
  • Lot of quotes from other writers
  • Have the song "You can't always get what you want" stuck in my head
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are the only one who becomes unhappy.  All you have done is hurt yourself. If you want to stop hurting  yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead."

"You can't have everything, where would you put it?" by Stephen Wright

"You can move to a shack in the woods to get away from it all! But we'd miss you too  much there. Please don't do that."

4 Dewey's 

Got this from work after my yearly review in which I stated the only thing I really had to work at was stop avoiding the Self-Help section like the plague.  After my Manager stopped laughing she suggested that I take a read of some of the more popular books in the section,  Didn't have to review but you know I like to share

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