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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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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-14-17

Extremely disappointed by ending.

This book was fantastic until religion was unnecessarily brought into it. I felt like i truly found a helpful no nonsense self help book but by the end i felt like the author was trying to convert me rather than help me. Absolutely ruined the book for me.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By Don on 03-30-18

wow

This book will make you think and think and think. I loved the pragmatic perspective. you can't argue with an equation, it is what it is :)

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