I don’t know about you, but every day I find myself perpetually reminded of how busy and complicated our world has become. Televised news is often a herald of dread, and social media feeds saturate us with messages of social injustice and apocalyptic imaginings of our future. Sometimes, It’s all just a bit too much. Sometimes, the world can become just a bit too heavy for you to carry on your shoulders alone. Recently, I found myself feeling just that. The future looked bleak, and I marred my mind with thoughts of the past. I was stuck in a mental hole, and I needed some help. After wallowing in my pity, for what was more days than I’d like to admit, I mustered the effort to start clawing my way back out of the whole. I went to the Library. That was where I found Neil Pasricha’s The Happiness Equation, and I’m telling you, you can’t afford not to read it.
In his book, Neil Pasricha tries to break down the complexity of our modern world, and give the reader a practical equation to answering that age-old question: How to be happy? Broken down into nine simple rules, The Happiness Equation evokes the reader to confront their thinking and perception of the world around them, offering simple ways to change and understand your mindset and outlook on life. And that’s the secret: It’s simple. Using helpful diagrams, carefully chosen pop culture references, and wisdom from some of the most revered masters of mindfulness, The book works at being extremely accessible and implementable for people from all walks of life.
It’s been about two weeks since I read the book, and while I can’t say I have mastered the art of being happy, I certainly feel a newfound vigour and confidence in my effort to be happy. Like one of Pasricha’s mantra’s in the book, just do it! Go out there and give it a read!