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Neil Pasricha

December 20, 2017 by Speakers' Spotlight

Ensuring Happiness in 2018

A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha dazzles audiences with ideas and frameworks that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

A recent article in The Globe and Mail delves into New Year’s resolution failures and the author decides that this year, Neil Pasricha’s advice is what she’ll be taking to improve life in 2018:

Neil Pasricha, a Canadian author known for his The Book of Awesome series and a TED Talk speaker, says a healthier outlook is attainable, with a little work and discipline. “I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution. They’re ripe for failure. Only 8 per cent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions [according to a 2013 University of Scranton study]. Normally in life, you don’t want to sign up for something that has a 92-per-cent failure rate,” he says.

Instead, Pasricha recommends a simple system for staying on a happier track. Take a cue card and write down three things: I am grateful for… I will focus on … I will let go of worrying about…

Examples might be, I’m grateful for the picture my child drew me. I will focus on leaving the house five minutes earlier in the morning. I will let go about worrying about finding a parking spot. Just for that day. (And if you skip one, he says don’t sweat it).

“It’s a two-minute morning exercise,” Pasricha says. “It’s about taking simple steps to prime yourself for productivity, accomplishing something, and feeling good about it. I also jot down five things I’m grateful for every day.”

As your happy meter improves, gratitude also gets easier.

Read the whole piece here.