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Publisher's Summary

Solve for Happy is a startlingly original book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer's training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem.
In 2004 Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker whose gifts had landed him top positions in half a dozen companies and who - in his spare time - had created significant wealth, realized that he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would, examining all the provable facts and scrupulously following logic. When he was finished, he had discovered the equation for enduring happiness.
Ten years later that research saved him from despair when his college-age son, Ali - also intellectually gifted - died during routine surgery. In dealing with the loss, Mo found his mission: he would pull off the type of moonshot that he and his Google [X] colleagues were always aiming for - he would help 10 million people become happier by pouring his happiness principles into a book and spreading its message around the world.
One of Solve for Happy's key premises is that happiness is a default state. If we shape expectations to acknowledge the full range of possible events, unhappiness is on its way to being defeated. To steer clear of unhappiness traps, we must dispel the six illusions that cloud our thinking (e.g., the illusion of time, of control, and of fear); overcome the brain's seven deadly defects (e.g., the tendency to exaggerate, label, and filter); and embrace five ultimate truths (e.g., change is real, now is real, unconditional love is real).
By means of several highly original thought experiments, Mo helps listeners find enduring contentment by questioning some of the most fundamental aspects of their existence.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying photographs will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Mo Gawdat (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By JulietC on 10-14-17

Life-changing and moving

Too much foto a single listening, need to listen ti it again to fully appreciate.
In the meantime, a heartfelt huge thank you to the author for sharing his research on happyness so clearly and sincerely. A big hug and thank you again. Awesome job

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5 out of 5 stars
By Niel on 07-26-17

1 of the Top 3 best books i have listened to

I enjoyed the authors voice , a very calming authentic human voice , the book offers both insight into practical steps to take to be happy , i especially enjoyed listening to the parts about his son Ali , it sounds like Ali was such a wonderful young man that understand alot more about humanity as well , really good to see and feel how much love existed between Mo and his son Ali , wonderful book have already recommended to so many people - goes beyond the normal western approaches and i could relate to . Thank you Mo Gawdat .

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa McNulty on 03-25-17

fantastic narrative of a complex subject made easy

Loved it!! I foresee this becoming as renowned as "the power of now" but much easier to listen to and understand. fantastic metaphysical book told through a very personal story and logic.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 05-17-17

Excellent...up until the last chapter

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Delete the chapter on God. When I first started listening to this book I thought it was fascinating, insightful and endearing. Mo's story and his logical approach to finding the solution to his happiness was convincing and I was totally sold...Until I read his chapter on God. Out of the window went the logic, reason and insight and in came a set of arguments that were so misinformed it made me angry. it was like I was listening to an audio tour at a creation museum.I was so disappointed that someone who's ideas and arguments seemed so intelligent and persuading throughout the rest of the book resorted to the weak and uninformed arguments of a young earth believer.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His approach to thinking about what really matters was inspiring, his opinions on a higher power were not.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes, the narration and passion was felt throughout.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 04-30-18

The answer is 42

The answers to Life, the Universe and Everything from an Engineers perspective. There is a god... and he's a physicist. If you have ever loved and lost. If you have ever sought order in your life. If you are lost and alone (as we all are). Read this. There is wisdom and stories and math herein.

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By Amazon Customer on 04-13-18

Thank you

Well written, and enjoyed hearing it read by the author.
I’m sure others will enjoy and get lots out of this as I did.

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