Neil Pasricha, founder of the Institute for Global Happiness, doesn’t like to kid himself. “There are over 100,000 books on Amazon on the topic of happiness,” he says. But that didn’t stop him from writing another one, “The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything.”
What makes Pasricha stand out?
The belief that you have to start being happy before achieving your dreams, which is the exact opposite of what most of us were led to believe.
“We grow up thinking that motivation causes action,” Pasricha explains. “Want to run a marathon? Grab the perfect running shoes, the running buddy and the playlist.”
“But that’s bunk; action causes motivation,” says Pasricha.
“If you just do it, then you think you can do it, and then you want to do it. It is easier to act yourself into a new way of thinking than to think yourself into a new way of acting.”
The right happiness equation, according to Pasricha? Do > Want To Do > Can Do
Three scientifically proven ways to be happy right now – From “The Happiness Equation”
The 20-Minute Replay. Write for 20 minutes about a positive experience. It helps us remember things we like about people and experiences in our lives.
Five Gratitudes. If you can be happy with simple things, then it will be simple to be happy. Write down three to five things you’re grateful for from the past week.
A Complete Unplug. A Kansas State University study found that complete downtime after work helps us recharge for the next day. Turning your phone off after dinner. Not using the internet on vacation.
Pasricha’s current favorite happiness books:
- “On The Shortness Of Life” by Seneca
- “14,001 things to be happy about” by Barbara Ann Kipfer
- “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” by Jean-Dominique Bauby
- “The Reason I Jump”” by Naoki Higashida
Snack On This:
Pasricha’s Ted Talk called “The 3 A’s of awesome” was watched by close to three million people.