The Happiness Equation

  • by Neil Pasricha
  • Narrated by Neil Pasricha
  • 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 a book that will change how you think about everything - your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness.

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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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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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- Justin Bunker

Voice = super annoying

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

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-08-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio