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The Happiness Equation

Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything
Written by: Neil Pasricha
Narrated by: Neil Pasricha
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
4 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Number one international best seller.

What's the formula for a happy life? 

Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a Walmart executive, a New York Times best-selling 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 Nine 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 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 an audiobook that will change how you think about everything - your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness. 

©2016 Neil Pasricha (P)2016 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Neil joined the Audi Executive Team on Customer Immersion events across the United States and his lessons were the highlight of the show, engaging dealer associates and invigorating the audience. His talk was on-point, thought-provoking, and received near-perfect ratings. What more could we ask for?" (Peter Donnellan, director of after sales, Audi of America)
"Neil's models for living life provide a clear window for seeing the world and making tough decisions. He made the University of Ottawa buzz with energy and positivity!" (Nicolette Addesa, VP of university affairs, University of Ottawa)

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Fantastic Book!

I needed this book so badly! Fantastic steps to apply for the rest of my life!

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Just be yourself. do what's right for you. listen to you. Happiness is a choice.

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Good concepts and examples.

Good start. Looses flow in between and appears distorted. But overall Good, especially the last few chapters. Being 80% happy is not good enough.

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It was good. It was a bit rambling and tended to use "choosing a college" as an example for many things. The principles were sound though.

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  • Todd
  • 2017-03-13

Voice = super annoying

Good message but voice ruined it. Getting a new reader would greatly improve the audiobook.

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  • Justin Bunker
  • OTTAWA LAKE, MICHIGAN, US
  • 2016-05-09

A mix of good and bad

What did you like best about The Happiness Equation? What did you like least?

The Happiness Equation gives some solid and practical ways of producing happiness in one's self. Pasricha's ideas about starting out happy rather than letting your environment determine your happiness has some truth to it; even if it is nothing new. However, some of the examples he used were god awful. He struggles to admit to others that he attended Harvard so he experiences being inauthentic and that makes him feel bad, gee wiz what's a guy to do. It's not relatable to the vast majority of his audience. He goes on about how he was on the bestseller list with his "awesome" book for way too long and how that 'didn't really make him happy.' Instead he suggests you should "want nothing" and that is part of his equation to finding happiness.
It is a flawed equation. Pasricha's ideas are meant to produce a sort of happiness which really is not sustainable in most people. It is a cookie cutter approach to life, making all your variables line up to produce the same happiness ad nauseam. He talks about never retiring and just doing this approach to enjoying your work and what not FOREVER. Not going to happen for 90% of the population who work themselves to death in dead end jobs anyway.
I'm not surprised to find out the author works at Walmart and enjoys their "culture" and is the type of person to own 7 pairs of the same outfit for simplifying his life. These people are the most neurotic and fearful bunch who hate anyone expressing actual emotions other than obsequious joy.

Would you recommend The Happiness Equation to your friends? Why or why not?

No, there are better books out there.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Neil Pasricha?

Liam Neeson. Pastiche's voice is INSUFFERABLE.

Do you think The Happiness Equation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No thanks.

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  • Bradley E. Hieger
  • 2017-01-25

Solid content but questionable narration.

While the content was solid I believe the audio presentation would have been stronger and more pleasurable to listen to had a professional narrator read the book.

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  • Michele
  • 2016-03-24

The Best Book I Have Read on This Subject!

I was desperately looking for a book to guide me back to the self I thought was lost forever! At midlife : I lost my dog, family member, career, savings, home and any real hope for a future. Neil nailed it, no matter where you are in your life's journey, I believe this book will change your negative spiral and set you on a path to your amazing authentic self! Get the book now! Do not waste anymore of your precious time in despair, confusion, what if thinking! Thank you Neil, excellent job!

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  • MJ near Madison
  • Southern Wisconsin, USA
  • 2016-03-23

Worth it. I'm about to listen to it again.

I've recommended it to friends. It is both enjoyable and informative at the same time.

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  • Yoga Bala
  • 2016-03-14

Bragging

I feel like this book is a five hour platform of the author bragging about his success of his book.
Having a hard time finishing it.

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  • Tristen Fielding
  • 2019-02-27

Teen wanting to be happier

I've been told by many that I'm one of the happiest people they know. but I don't always feel it. and I know now that that's ok. and that I can always improve on being happy, even if I'm 80, 90% happy all the time. the other 10-20% I feel so low. I just need to tell my self I won the Lottery

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  • Amanda
  • 2019-02-04

Muy práctico, muy completo, me gustó mucho

Me gustó mucho. Lo escuché dos veces porque tenia muchos detalles, mucho contenido que encuentro muy útil. Me hace mucho sentido lo que dice, algunas cosas son de sentido común y otras hasta contra intuitivas. Lo recomiendo completamente. Uno de los libros de felicidad y productividad (ahorro de tiempo) que más me han gustado. Aprendí harto y me entretuve harto.

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  • Patroula Smpokou
  • 2019-01-11

The most practical and realistic advice you will ever know

This book contains a wealth of realistic advice supplemented by wonderful and inspiring quotes from bright folks, both known and unknown. It provides a deep and honest accounting of what truly matters in life and every-day tips on how to try to achieve it. The 9 secrets of happiness discussed in this book create a truly remarkable framework by which one can structure their daily life experiences. Very highly recommended.

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  • Ashley
  • 2018-12-07

Almost couldn’t finish

I never leave full reviews but in this case I have to! This book has a few interesting things to think about however the narration I’m sorry to say is so bad I almost could not finish the book. This is an example of an author who is a decent writer but should not be narrating his own work. Sorry.