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About Neil Pasricha
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My name is Neil Pasricha and I think, write, and speak about living intentionally.
All of my work focuses under the themes of gratitude, happiness, failure, resilience, and trust.
I'm the the author of six books including: THE BOOK OF AWESOME, a spinning rolodex of simple pleasures based on my 100-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things, THE HAPPINESS EQUATION, originally written as a 300-page love letter to my unborn son on how to live a happy life, AWESOME IS EVERYWHERE, an interactive introduction to guided meditation for children, and YOU ARE AWESOME, my new book about resilience and how we thicken our skin in these thin-skinned times. My books have spent over 200 weeks on New York Times and International bestseller lists and sold over 1,000,000 copies across dozens of languages.
I also give over 50 speeches a year at places like TED, SXSW, and Google. My first TED talk "The 3 A's of Awesome" is ranked one of the 10 Most Inspiring of all time and my second is called "How do you maximize your tiny, short life?", an artistic side-project called the world's first TED Listen, composed entirely of questions.
I also host an Apple "Best of 2018" podcast called 3 Books where I am on a 15-year-long mission to uncover and discuss the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each of the 333 chapters unpacks the 3 most formative books of an inspiring individual like Judy Blume, Chris Anderson of TED, the world's greatest Uber driver, or David Sedaris. The show is recorded live at the guest's preferred location and is 100% ad, sponsor, and interruption free. Each chapter publishes on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon up to September 1, 2031.
I share my most current writing in a bi-weekly email I send to over 30,000 people every other Wednesday. You can visit me at www.neil.blog to sign up.
My pro bono work focuses on youth mental health, youth literacy, and community wellness.
I have degrees from Queen's University and Harvard Business School.
I live in Toronto with my wife Leslie and our three sons.
Thanks for reading. Drop me a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What is the formula for a happy life? Neil Pasricha is a Harvard MBA, a New York Times–bestselling author, a Walmart executive, a father, a husband. After selling more than a million copies of the Book of Awesome series, wherein he observed the everyday things he thought were awesome, he now shifts his focus to the practicalities of living an awesome life.
In his new book The Happiness Equation, Pasricha illustrates how to want nothing and do anything in order to have everything. If that sounds like a contradiction in terms, you simply have yet to unlock the 9 Secrets to Happiness. Each secret takes a piece out of the core of common sense, turns it on its head to present it in a completely new light, and then provides practical and specific guidelines for how to apply this new outlook to lead a fulfilling life.
Once you've unlocked Pasricha’s 9 Secrets, you will understand counter intuitive concepts such as: Success Does Not Lead to Happiness, Never Take Advice, and Retirement Is a Broken Theory. You will learn and then master three brand-new fundamental life tests: the Saturday Morning Test, The Bench Test, and the Five People Test. You will know the difference between external goals and internal goals and how to make more money than a Harvard MBA (hint: it has nothing to do with your annual salary). You will discover that true wealth has nothing to do with money, multitasking is a myth, and the elimination of options leads to more choice.
The Happiness Equation is a book that will change how you think about pretty much everything—your time, your career, your relationships, your family, and, ultimately, of course, your happiness.
Publishers Weekly bestseller
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The Toronto Star bestseller
The Vancouver Sun bestseller
From Neil Pasricha—New York Times, million-copy bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series and The Happiness Equation, thought leader for the next generation, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world—comes a revelatory and inspiring book that will change the way we view failure and help us build resilience.
We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!
But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure...or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.
We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.
A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?
What do we desperately need to learn?
RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast.
Read You Are Awesome to learn:
• The single word that keeps your options open after failure
• What every commencement speech gets wrong
• 3 ways to dramatically accelerate your ability to learn and adapt
• The 2-minute morning practice that helps eliminate worry
• Why you need an Untouchable Day (and how to get one)
• and much, much more...
Because the truth is, you really are awesome.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the things that make us smile. With a 24/7 news cycle reporting that the polar ice caps are melting, hurricanes are swirling in the seas, wars are heating up around the world, and the job market is in a deep freeze, it’s tempting to feel that the world is falling apart. But awesome things are all around us, like:
• Popping Bubble Wrap
• Wearing underwear just out of the dryer
• Fixing electronics by smacking them
• Getting called up to the dinner buffet first at a wedding
• Watching The Price Is Right when you’re home sick
• Hitting a bunch of green lights in a row
• Waking up and realizing it’s Saturday
The Book of Awesome reminds us that the best things in life are free (yes, your grandma was right). With laugh-out-loud observations from award-winning comedy writer Neil Pasricha, The Book of Awesome is filled with smile-inducing moments on every page that make you feel like a kid looking at the world for the first time. Read it and you’ll remember all the things there are to feel good about.
A New York Times Bestseller • USA Today Bestseller • Globe and Mail Bestseller • Toronto Star Bestseller • Vancouver Sun Bestseller • Macleans Bestseller • Winner of the Forest of Reading Award
Neil Pasricha is back with a collection of hundreds more awesome things from the website, as well as never-before-seen extraordinary moments that deserve celebration:
• Letting go of the gas pump perfectly so you end on a round number
• When a baby falls asleep on you
• When your pet notices you’re in a bad mood and comes to see you
• Pulling a weed and getting all the roots with it
• When your windshield wipers match the beat of the song you’re listening to
• When the hiccups stop
• The smooth feeling on your teeth when you get your braces off
• Driving from a rough road onto a smooth one
• When the person you’re meeting is even later than you are
• That guy who helps you parallel park
There’s even space for you to write your very own Awesome Things in the back. Because couldn’t we all use (even more) awesome?
There’s nothing like the holidays. They bring out the best, and sometimes the worst, in everyone. Luckily, Neil Pasricha is here to remind us that not only are the holidays great, but there’s actually even more to celebrate than we realize. From Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, to other holidays throughout the year, such as Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving, The Book of (Holiday) Awesome will show you why holidays are...AWESOME.
• Making the first footprint in fresh snow
• When the in-laws leave
• Waking up and realizing it’s Christmas
• Just barely wrapping a gift with that tiny scrap of leftover wrapping paper
• When they finally stop playing Christmas songs on the radio
• Knowing “Kwanzaa” is worth more Scrabble points than “Hanukkah” or “Christmas”
Das Polareis schmilzt, Hurrikane rasen über das Meer, und auf dem Arbeitsmarkt geht es ruppig zu. Kann man heute noch Bürger dieser Erde sein, ohne in Depressionen zu verfallen? Ja, man kann. Denn bei dem echten, eigentlichen Glück geht es nicht um so unerhörte Dinge wie die »große Liebe«, »Spitzenerfolg « oder gar »Erleuchtung«. Neil Pasricha lenkt unsere Aufmerksamkeit auf die kleinen, wunderbaren Dinge, die nichts kosten und uns Freude bereiten:
• eine Musikkassette finden, die ein Exfreund oder eine Exfreundin vor langer Zeit für uns aufgenommen hat;
• der Geruch des Regens auf einem heißen Gehsteig;
• der Moment, wenn in einem Rockkonzert das Licht ausgeht und der Künstler die Bühne betritt;
• nach einem langen Tag nach Hause kommen und riechen, dass jemand für einen kocht;
• im Supermarkt am Ende einer langen Schlange stehen und sehen, dass eine weitere Kasse eröffnet wird;
• alle Socken, die man aus dem Wäschetrockner zieht, passen perfekt zusammen.
Fantastisch! Das Leben ist schön.