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The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha: Book Review

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

Obtained: Penguin Random House Canada
Pages: 320
Publish date: March 8, 2016
Rating: ★★★★

I loved The Book of Awesome. So when I heard that Neil Pasricha was coming out with another book, I was so excited. And to make it even better, it would be a book about how to be happy! As some of you may know, I’ve had a rough past couple of months, personally. And as you can imagine, I turned quite quickly to books. Books about how to get happy. Well, Pasricha’s Happiness Equation ended up getting me out of my depressive funk and has actually given me some great tips on how to calm anxiety, as well!

In The Happiness EquationPasricha talks about the major things one can do to stay positive in a world that can otherwise so easily get us down. One of my favourite tidbits in this book was just a short story about Buddha and talking about how it’s a person’s own decision to take in someone else’s anger and negativity, and how a simple refusal to accept that negativity into their own life is all it takes. But there are lots of personal stories Pasricha shares, as well as some fun doodles and charts to help describe how to keep a happy balance in your life, so you aren’t too bored nor overwhelmed with work.

This book is so incredibly positive, and makes the idea of being happy and staying positive seem so easy. I know that being happy isn’t an easy feat for everyone – trust me. But sometimes all you need is someone to say something with the right words, in the right way, for you to realize that you have control over your happiness and you can do it. And for me, this book really helped to change my perspective on a lot of things when I needed it most.

You don’t need to be depressed to need to read The Happiness Equation – if you’re at all interested in learning how to get the most out of your life, I really recommend you read this book. It doesn’t take long to read, and yet is so positive and inspirational; I’m sure you’ll get at least one or two good things out of it!

The Happiness Equation is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.

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