The Role of Intrinsic Motivation in Our Happiness with Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha, creator of 1000 Awesome Things, returns to the show to discuss his new book The Happiness Equation


  • Developing the habit of starting and building things

  • The 4 simple words that block all criticism

  • Why extrinsic motivation causes you to lose satisfaction

  • The success triangle

  • Psychology and human behavior lessons from a fast food restaurant

  • Three things that help you manage life after a difficult experience

  • Finding the motivation to show up every single day

  • Lessons from working up close with high-level leaders

  • How to spend the bulk of your time on high impact activities


It matters internally more than externally on any creative project  

The average person makes over 300 decisions a day. We all have decision fatigue.


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Resources and Books

Neil’s TED Talk

The Book of Awesome

The Happiness Equation

The Institute for Global Happiness

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome series which has spent over five years on bestseller lists and sold over a million copies. He’s also the author of The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything.  

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