Solve for Happy

  • by Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by Mo Gawdat
  • 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mo Gawdat is a remarkable thinker and the Chief Business Officer at Google's [X], an elite team of engineers that comprise Google's futuristic "dream factory." Applying his superior skills of logic and problem solving to the issue of happiness, he proposes an algorithm based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness. Then he solves for happy.
In 2001 Mo Gawdat realized that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would: examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness.
Thirteen years later, Mo's algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation—and it saved them from despair. In dealing with the horrible loss, Mo found his mission: he would pull off the type of "moonshot" goal that he and his colleagues were always aiming for—he would share his equation with the world and help as many people as possible become happier.
In Solve for Happy Mo questions some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence, shares the underlying reasons for suffering, and plots out a step-by-step process for achieving lifelong happiness and enduring contentment. He shows us how to view life through a clear lens, teaching us how to dispel the illusions that cloud our thinking; overcome the brain's blind spots; and embrace five ultimate truths.
No matter what obstacles we face, what burdens we bear, what trials we've experienced, we can all be content with our present situation and optimistic about the future.


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Customer Reviews

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You Lost Me at Intelligent Design

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was mostly on board with what Mo had to say about happiness until he started spouting a bunch of anti-science gibberish about how there must be a designer of the universe because of how unlikely it would be for a monkey to write War and Peace. If you skip that chapter (I couldn't stomach all of it), then the rest of the book isn't bad. But he lost all credibility with me.

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- Dave Batton

Power of Now retold, honest, and heartfelt

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, it is insightful and passionate.

What did you like best about this story?

Mo's heartfelt tone and story told in his words

Which character – as performed by Mo Gawdat – was your favorite?


What did you learn from Solve for Happy that you would use in your daily life?

It is the many times told story of change your thoughts, change your life. Make peace with the ugly and be peaceful in your pain.
Do not fight and just follow the path of life.

Any additional comments?

This is a retold story spoken by Ekhart Tolle and many others. At times it feels like Power of Now retold and rewritten n another tone. The similarities are eerily the same. Sprinkle in a bit of engineer and I Do Not Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, you'd arrive here.
The book is compelling and honest.At time is is difficult to listen with dry eyes. Mo's pain is real and so is his resolve to carry the torch for Ali.

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- Reza Molavi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio