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Neil Pasricha

Expert on Leadership & Happiness in Business

Neil Pasricha helps people live happy lives. He is a top-rated leadership keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author, and positive psychology researcher focused on the relationship between happiness and leadership in business.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Positive Mindset in an Age of Distraction
The average person receives 147 emails, checks their cell phone 150 times, and makes 295 decisions. A day! And all this decision-making energy we’re spending is a particularly finite resource. When it’s gone, it’s gone, and we don’t know it’s gone. Our brains send signals that we need sleep or glucose to replenish our energy but that parking lot nap or cherry danish only gets us so far. Our busyness is getting in the way of our happiness. Who has time for exercise, meditation, or journaling when we’re surrounded by endless dings and pings? In this resource-rich keynote, Neil shares groundbreaking research on how we can re-energize our brains through simple tools. He shows how to prioritize decisions on a 2×2 of Time versus Importance and develop systems to automate, regulate, and effectuate our low time, low importance decisions to create space in our brains… and our lives.

Happiness is a Choice
We think it goes like this: Great Work Big Success Be Happy. Study really hard, get straight A’s, become a doctor. Or work really hard, score a promotion, and then be happy. We grow up with that model. We tell our kids that model. But that model is scientifically backwards. We need to instead choose happiness first, and then we’ll do great work, and then big success follows. The model actually goes like this: Be Happy Great Work Big Success.Why? Happier people have 31% greater productivity, 37% higher sales, and three times the creativity of their peers. Not to mention they live an average of ten years longer. But how do we get there? Neil shares the research underpinning #1 International Bestseller The Happiness Equation to answer three big questions about happiness: How much can we control? What results can we expect? What tools can we use? In this funny, fast-paced, and interactive speech Neil opens with motivation but ends with application … as we all discover how to lead happier lives.

Fighting Fears Using Newton, Nike and Neuroscience
We all have fears. The job you want to work, the marathon you want to run, the book you want to write. What’s stopping us from reaching our goals? We are. We believe capabilities lead to motivation which lead to action. But what if that’s not how it works? In this vulnerable and fleet-footed talk crossing cultures and industries Neil shows how we let fears shape and direct our lives and then shares models to shift our brains into action. Using sources as diverse as Newton’s Laws of Motion, Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy, and Nike’s marketing campaigns, he shows why we all believe motivation leads to action and how instead … action leads to motivation and inspiration.

What Is Happiness?
When you type “How to be” into Google, the first drop-down is “happy”… followed by “rich”, “pretty”, and “real estate agent.” Yes, we want happiness more than anything else. (Even more than looking good while selling condos, apparently.) And look around. We have created a multi-billion dollar monster of an industry searching for it. Despite over 100,000 books on happiness, endless daytime talk shows, and ubiquitous clickbait promising three tricks to turn your frown around, we simply haven’t got there yet. According to the longest longitudinal study ever done on happiness… we haven’t moved societal well-being in over fifty years. Despite massive spikes in wealth, safety, mobility, and technology… happiness has flatlined. From Ancient Rome to the Declaration of Independence to Gross Happiness Indexes around the world, happiness has been our epic quest. Aristotle called happiness “the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” In this fast-paced straight talk leveraging the latest positive psychology, neuroscience research, and Fortune 100 case studies, Neil cuts through the clutter to finally define, demystify, and re-empower that most nebulous term of all so we can finally take steps to achieving it.

  • Neil is a rock star! He visited the Googleplex and you could hear a pin drop while he was speaking. Everyone loved his models for living happier lives. Many commented he was the best speaker we’ve had in some time!

    - Sales Executive, Google
  • The buzz after you left 3M was how and when we could get you back. You struck a chord. It is rare to find a speaker that can ignite such passion and unify the audience on a common theme that transcends generation and function. Please keep writing books. Your changed my life.

    - Executive Director, Consumer Business Group, 3M
  • His happiness lessons were the highlight of the show. He is always on point, thought-provoking, and receives near perfect ratings. Listen to him!

    - SVP After Sales, Audi
  • Neil Pasricha was the highlight of the day. From my perspective, the highlight of the year! What a genuine, authentic, inspiring person. He connected with the audience to make our themes come to life and inspired us all!

    - National Technical Director, Microsoft

Summary Profile

Neil is one of the most popular TED speakers with his first TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” (2010) ranked as one of the ten most inspiring of all time and his second “How will you maximize your tiny, short life?” (2016) the world’s first ever TED Listen, composed entirely of questions. As a leadership keynote speaker Neil has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world including Fortune 100 companies, Ivy League schools, and Royal Families in the Middle East.

Neil has written five New York Times and #1 International Bestsellers including: The Book of Awesome, a catalog of simple pleasures based on his 50-million hit, award-winning blog, Awesome is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to meditation, and The Happiness Equation, a nine step guidebook to happiness based on new research. His books have been on bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold millions of copies.

Before leading The Institute for Global Happiness and keynote speaking, Neil spent a decade running Leadership Development and working directly for two CEOs at Walmart, the world’s largest company. He was responsible for CEO onboarding, executive development, and talent management across all levels of the organization.  

His work has been featured in hundreds of outlets including CNN, BBC, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes.

Neil has degrees from Queen’s University and Harvard Business School.

He lives in Canada with his wife and two sons.