Book Title: Happiness is All We Want!


Author: Ashutosh Mishra

Total Number of Pages: 212

Publisher: Bloomsbury India

Publication Date: 9 January 2017

Language: English

Format: Paperback

Genre: Non-fiction / Self-help / Health / Family and Personal Development

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Today, we are leading our lives in mindless pursuit, unable even to articulate what we are pursuing. We are unhappy even after achieving what we desire. Happiness is all we want! suggests that the source of peace and happiness is within us, if we know the secret. the book’s objective is to help us unlock that secret and attain a high level of overall well-being in order to lead a happy and fulfilling life and be the healthiest we can be, mentally and physically. A wide variety of tools and techniques are explained in simple language. Many real life experiences of the author as well as other people are interspersed through the book. Demystifying the spiritual aspect of wellbeing, this book integrates it with your life objectives. You can immensely improve not only the peace and happiness in your life but your beauty and appearance as well.

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Even when we keep running after money, name and fame, after an exhausting day and when we are tired of being an automaton, happiness is all we want. We might not want to admit it, but, most importantly, in our lives, we crave to be happy. When there’s no happiness, no time to stand together with zest and zeal, I wonder how we are any different from a robot at that point. Following the same routines over and over again, investing ourselves completely in to our professional lives can earn us plenty of money but where’s the happiness in there? Where’s the contentment? Don’t get me wrong, money and social status of course is important, it is what provides us with our bread and butter, but when all of this is over, because there will be a time when we will have to retire, what then? Where will we stand? Will we be able to stand back and utter “I am happy with what I did” or will we end up regretting on missing out on happiness?


Read my previous review of Rabindranath Tagore’s Gleanings of The Road

The title of the book, Happiness is All We Want! in itself is relatable. Seriously, it cannot get any better than this. We hold the secret to happiness in ourselves. All we need to know are the right tactics to unlock it. In this book, Ashutosh Mishra offers an insight into the simple and easy steps that can be followed to unlock happiness. Juggling with professional and personal life isn’t easy, but this book provides step by step guide that can be included in our lifestyle to balance both these sides. Our profession can often times create an imbalance in our life and we might find that we are spending more time working on the worksheets than caring about our health. This imbalance can also affect our health and give rise to like hypertension and depression.

Our mind, body and soul needs to be in sync. Whenever they aren’t, know that problems are lurking just around the corner. Happiness is All We Want! is a non-fiction book and somewhat falls into the self-help genre but the book approaches the genre in a different way. It just doesn’t talk about what you should do and how, instead the book imbibed with the author’s own life experiences is what makes it interesting. The author’s anecdotes along with the different approaches he have mentioned in this book to find back that balance is our life proves to be fascinating. It’s when you see an actual person put his words to action that you believe them. The author does that exactly by being up close and personal. He shows that he had actually put those methods to use and have benefitted from them and doesn’t only focus on preaching.

The book stresses on all three : mental, physical and spiritual well-being and not just one. While the mental well-being part deals with the restless mind of ours, provides tips on how to keep it sane and lays emphasis on benefits of meditation; the physical well-being part talks about how to transform the donkey (overburdened humans) into a race-horse (active fit person), what one should include in his/her diet and talks about exercises; the spiritual well-being part gives a peak on how it would feel to be finally fuse with our soul, be aware of it and to know how it feels to be at par with our inner soul. The author provides an in-depth analysis on how to achieve this awakening of the soul.

I loved how the chapter titles are pun-intended yet they hold true to reality. The narration is easy to follow. It has that guide book kind of vibe to it, the writing style is of that way but then the author includes his personal point of view in-between the narration. It does get a bit monotonous from time to time but that maybe because I am not used to reading non-fiction much.


This book could prove to be a valuable addition to your tbr list if you’re looking for some self-help book or if you are going through that phase of imbalance in your life and want to change your lifestyle and find the long lost happiness again. If you’re looking for that slight inspiration to bring about a change in your life, this book can give you that push you need to move in that direction.


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