The Happiness Equation
Want Nothing Do Anything = Have EverythingeBook - 2016
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"Always remember there are only three goals. To want nothing. That's contentment. To do anything. That's freedom. To have everything. That's happiness. What are the nine secrets to get us there? Be happy first. Do it for you. Remember the lottery. Never retire. Overvalue you. Create space. Just do it. Be you. Don't take advice."
"So what's the single best piece of advice you'll ever take? Don't take advice. The answers are all inside you. Think deep and decide what's best. Go forth and be happy. And don't take advice."
"Remember, it's not the critic who counts. It's the man in the arena. Pick the type of success you're aiming for and have a high opinion of yourself and a high opinion of others along the way. Move through hiding and apologizing to eventually accept all parts of you. And as Buddha said, let others keep their criticism for you. Do it for you."
"By being clear and simple, without pretension, without assumptions, I consciously remove myself from any possible judgment that comes from any given statement. This allows whatever judgment that comes to be wholly owned by the other person. Physicist Richard Feynman said, 'You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It's their mistake, not my failing.'"
"An old man enjoyed sitting on his front porch every day until the elementary school bell rang and neighbourhood kids walking past his porch stopped to taunt him from the sidewalk. Finally, the old man came up with a plan. He offered the children a dollar each if they'd return the next day and yell their insults. They were excited, so they returned, yelled their insults, and he paid each of them a dollar. He then said he'd like them to come back the next day and yell their insults, but he could pay them only 25 cents. So they returned, yelled their insults, and he paid them a quarter each. Before they left, he said that he could only afford to pay them a penny on Wednesday. 'Forget it,' they said. 'That's not worth it.' And they never bothered him again."
"When you don't feel like you're competing with others, you compete only with yourself. You do it for you. And you do more, go further, and perform better."
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Algebra. Trigonometry. Quantum Physics. Happiness.
According to the international bestselling author Neil Pasricha, all of these topics share one commonality: equations. But how can happiness can be boiled down to a simple equation?
In his latest book, The Happiness Equation, Pasricha challenges readers to embrace his formula for happiness: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. It is not surprising that the man who brought us the Book of Awesome knows a thing or two about getting the most out of life.
In his fifth book, the author shares the seven secrets to finding happiness. Each chapter unfolds layer upon layer of insightful and meaningful life lessons that Pasricha has collected throughout his academic and employment endeavors. Unlike many authors that are hoping to produce a page turning novel that can be devoured in one sitting, Pasricha challenges readers to take their time and to change reading spots while enjoying this book. Although counter intuitive to my typical reading fashion, I took him up on the challenge and read The Happiness Equation in bed, in the park, along the river, on the couch, and anywhere else that I could imagine. Much to my amazement, switching my physical location actually altered my mental space which allowed me to get even more out of this enlightening read.
Of the many incredible lessons found in this perceptive non-fiction work, the line that has stuck with me most comes from the incredible mind of Mahatma Gandhi who proclaims that “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Through Pasricha’s heartfelt writing, readers are able to find advice without condescension, to rearrange their priorities without sacrifice, and to find more time in each day without the use of a time turner.
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