Happy Executive — A Systems Approach

The goal of everyone in life is happiness. This is true for executives and non-executives alike.

Mankind has struggled with finding a pathway to happiness for centuries. There have been many suggestions.

This book presents a practical common sense pathway to happiness based on 72 years of personal experience of the author as a child, young adult and an executive with a wide variety of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in the U.S, India and other countries. This book contains the best of the wisdom of the East and the West.

The book starts with a definition of happiness by experts from Aristotle to Gandhi. This is followed by the life story of the author from early years to successful professional and philanthropic work, illustrating how the author developed and has practiced the happy executive concepts of nurturing the mind, body and soul daily.

Nurture the mind daily by thinking positively and creatively all the time. So, when you see a problem, look at it as an opportunity to come up with a creative, out-of-the-box-thinking solution.

Nurture the body by eating healthy, especially reducing salt, sugar and saturated fat intakes, avoiding transfat, and consuming lots of green vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains and healthy protein foods; and by doing physical activities one enjoys regularly such as walking, running, dancing etc. at least three times a week.

Nurture the soul by nurturing other souls, by being loving, caring, giving and helpful towards family members, friends, community members and others.

Find the elusive mind-body soul balance by consistently practicing activities such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, visualization, smiling, laughing and any similar activities one can think of.

The book also prescribes the 7 P’s to success and happiness, based on the author’s life experience. Whatever one does, first establish the Purpose, then set the best Pathway to get to there, then carry out the program tasks with Passion, Perseverance, Positivity, Patience and Principles.

The book provides 10 practical tips for happiness — nurture mind, nurture body, nurture soul, find mind-body-soul balance, practice mind-body-soul nurturing in thought, word and deed, live in the moment, live for a cause larger than oneself, set goals, objectives, visions and missions, follow the 7 Ps to success, use resources effectively and practice mind-body-soul nurturing all the time.

Finally, the book provides a simple happy executive quiz that helps one to find out where he or she is on the happiness scale, so that he or she can plan a pathway to happiness.

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