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.
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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.
This will become a classic. It's easy to listen to, intelligent, fresh, and most of all very personal and touching. I will listen to this over and over, as there is so much in it.
The intelligence, the new perspectives and the enlightenment flowing from it. I've read literally hundreds of this type of book. From now on, this is the only one I'll recommend to others.
Lots of moving moments, but the mathematical analysis of randomness in evolution was (for me) something that changed everything for me.
Thanks, Mo, for putting this into words. It was an honour to hear it in your own voice.
This is the culmination of all the best thinking and information on how to live a happy life from the perspective of man who likes facts, coupled with a touching story of a wonderful family.
This book is touching and contains very practical advise. Many of the ideas are in the vein of Eckhart Tolle but explored from an engineering point of view. This is truly illuminating. I was already a little happier before I'd even gotten half way through.
The reason I'm not giving it the full 5 stars is because of the descent towards the end into some brazenly fallacious arguments around intelligent design. This was dispiriting as I knew all the common rebuttals to these and it began to seem like he was selling rather giving. However this does not negate brilliance of what came before. It has actually prepared me to be more skeptical on a the second listen. Which I'll probably do right away.
All I can say is thank you Mo for sharing your own story and the book that came from your own loss of your wonderful son. You and your son will stay with me for a very long time and you have honestly changed my life and my quest for happiness. Thank you
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