Everyone wants to be happy—but why does it feel so complicated?
Many self-help gurus present happiness as a choice. It’s something that can be produced whenever we want, irrespective of circumstances. Others believe it’s mined in reorienting your life—a by-product of pursuing purpose, meaning, and service.
But today’s guest believes happiness lives in the small, simple, and often overlooked daily wins. But only if only we take a moment to appreciate them.
Meet my new friend, Neil Pasricha.
Neil is the author of nine books and journals, including The Book of Awesome, The Happiness Equation, and his newest offering, Our Book of Awesome—all of which orient around a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures originating from his 100-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things. Neil’s books have found lasting residency on the New York Times bestseller lists, with over 2,000,000 copies across dozens of languages sold.
“It’s not: great work, big success, be happy. It’s the reverse. You’ve got to think of happiness like a practice. Then being happy leads to doing great work. And the great work leads to having big success.”
– NEIL PASRICHA
In a world that often emphasizes grand achievements and monumental milestones, Neil shares the power of celebrating small wins and how intentionally noticing and appreciating small things, like the warmth of the sun on your face or the taste of your favorite food, can train your brain to focus on the positive.
Neil also shares the importance of taking a mindful, intentional approach to how you allocate your time and direct your attention and gives us a blueprint for building a life of more purpose.
Neil’s joyful presence is nothing short of magnetic. This is an uplifting exchange sure to brighten your day—and arm you with the tools you need to foster a happiness practice.
Peace + Plants,
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- Connect With Neil: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube
- Podcast: 3 Books With Neil Pasricha
- Blog: 1000 Awesome Things
- The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
- The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
- The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha
- You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha
- Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
- Stuff White People Like by Aaron Malone
- Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
- Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari
- On Writing by Stephen King
- From Strength to Strength by Arthur Brooks
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
- Range by David Epstein
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- The Institute For Global Happiness: About
- TED: The 3 A’s of awesome
- Inc: Want to Be Smarter? Steal Stephen King’s Secret for Reading More Books
- CBC: Neil Pasricha went from being a shy kid to an author and public speaker. He has a teacher to thank
- Fast Company: 3 lessons on creativity from a bestselling author
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