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

by Neil Pasricha

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

  • Avoid Advice

    Advice is subjective. Everyone has an opinion based on multitudes of rationales. You can literally find an opinion to validate any position you want to take. That's why you should avoid advice. Get grounded, apply all the 9 secrets of happiness and you won't need other people's advice on what you sh

  • Be Authentically You

    Even the best actors in the world can only pretend to be something they are not for so long. Pasricha has a line where he states that it's better to be yourself with all your flaws and be alone than to be loved by everyone for someone you are pretending to be. It's exhausting to pretend to be someon

  • Just Do It

    Nike came up with the slogan "just do it" and increased their productivity exponentially. There is another false mindset to be aware of and that is "I can't do it, and I don't even want to." People use this mindset when they come across and obstacle in their life. For the author, it was swimming. Fa

  • Prioritizing Time

    People live in four states of existence: Think, Do, Burn, Space. People love living in the Burn space but it's not feasible to exist there without burning out. The Burn space is when you are in the zone and just nailing all your goals and everything just comes together because you are simultaneously

  • Overvalue Yourself

    People work to make an income and that income and career are only satisfying if you overvalue yourself. No matter how you cut it there are only so many working hours in a week and you only get paid so much for those hours. To create the maximum amount of happiness you need to be getting paid for wha

  • Never Retire

    Never retire- there's an expression from Okinawa ikigai (pronounced icky-guy) and it means, "the reason you get up in the morning'. People who have a reason to get up in the morning are happy. They have a plan, a purpose, a goal, and a mission to accomplish. People who retire don't. Work gives peopl

  • Remember the Lottery

    Our culture and values as humans has changed a lot. We used to live short lives that were full of struggle and fear and we died young compared to our ages. Our culture used to be one of Enough. We had enough; we had roofs over our heads and food in our bellies and breath in our lungs and that was go

  • Do It For You

    Long term happiness cannot be bought and when it stems from extrinsic rewards it is always short-lived. Sure, items may make you feel good and bring you moments of happiness, but the kind of happiness that carries you through life's hard times comes from within yourself. Everything you do has to be

  • Be Happy First

    There's a myth that goes: if you work hard then you will be successful and that success will bring you happiness. It's wrong. You will work hard, you may find great success and happiness will be fleeting at best. Then you will have to work harder to find even greater success and then you will fleeti

  • How Does Happiness Happen?

    Everyone wants to be happy. People spend a great deal of time, money, and effort into chasing happiness. If you have the right job, family, friends, car, etc then you're supposed to be happy. But Neil Pasricha, and many great thinkers, postulate that extrinsic rewards won't bring you happiness. You

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