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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You Lost Me at Intelligent Design
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.
- Dave Batton
Power of Now retold, honest, and heartfelt
yes, it is insightful and passionate.
Mo's heartfelt tone and story told in his words
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.
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.
- Reza Molavi