BR #86 | Happiness Is All We Want | Ashutosh Mishra | Bloomsbury | ★★★★★

Book - Happiness Is All We Want
Author - Ashutosh Mishra
Publisher - Bloomsbury
Rating - ★★★

Author Bio: (from book) Ashutosh is an MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur and a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Delhi. In his corporate career of sixteen years, he has been a senior banker with global banks like Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and is currently with ANZ Bank. With gruelling work schedule and plenty of business travel, he was fortunate to realise the importance of health and wellbeing early on. He learnt and practiced many tools and techniques for his own wellbeing while balancing the demands of a high profile career and a lovely family. Based on his experiences over last couple of decades, he has developed a framework for comprehensive wellness with a fresh perspective.

Book Review: "Happiness Is All We Want" by Ashutosh Mishra is a self-help book based on mental well-being, physical well-being, and spiritual well-being. The author has divided the book into these three parts which uniquely describe and address the needs of us in terms of our mind, body, and soul. There are sixteen chapters in this book and one unique concept is that many chapters begin with a question. The rest of the chapters then delve deep into answering that question citing many examples.

The book's objective is to help us unlock the secret of unlocking the source of our happiness that is within us. The pages are filled with Practical Tips and 'Things to Ponder' as well as 'Things to Do' at the end of every chapter. The sub-headings inside chapters are witty and eye-catching. The font seemed too small and the publishers may decide to enlarge it a bit in subsequent editions, but apart from this it really is a very inspiring read. There is a subconscious answer to every problem and the author wants to demystify the spiritual aspect of well-being. We can immensely improve not only the peace and happiness in our lives but also of others as well.

This book will appeal to a lot of readers looking for self-introspection. A self-help book in its truest sense there are many wow moments inside the pages which make reading it worthwhile. Many real-life experiences and stories of the author as well as of other people are cited that leave a profound impact on readers. 'TechTraps', 'Well-being Story', 'Happiness Moment' and 'Wellness Story' consisting of few short lines in a paragraph add flavor to the writing. Overall this book is a true wellness guide for not only short term happiness but long term happiness as well.

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