Be happy, don’t worry

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Neil Pasricha remembers the old formula for success: Study hard, get straight As, go to a great college, work hard, and get promoted so you can make a bunch of money and achieve happiness. Pasricha doesn’t quibble with elements of that premise. He’d simply flip the equation on its head.“That model’s actually the opposite,” he says. “It’s not ‘great work leads to big success, which leads you to be happy.’ It’s ‘being happy leads to great work, which leads to big success.’”The road to that realization presented itself for Pasricha only after he experienced great personal distress.In 2008, he started the blog “1,000 Awesome Things” on impulse after his wife told him she wanted a divorce and his best friend committed suicide following a lengthy bout with mental illness.Begun primarily as a salve for his own despondence, Pasricha’s steady stream of simple, free, universal pleasures soon attracted a massive audience. continue reading »last_img

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