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Solve For Happy Audiobook

Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy

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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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  • Lisa McNulty
    Suffolk, UK
    3/25/17
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Doherty
    Glasgow
    4/6/17
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    "One Of The Best - No, Actually THE Best"
    Where does Solve for Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    na


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots of moving moments, but the mathematical analysis of randomness in evolution was (for me) something that changed everything for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks, Mo, for putting this into words. It was an honour to hear it in your own voice.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    5/17/17
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    "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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/19/17
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    "Wonderful"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. C. Groom
    CT
    5/19/17
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    "Be 😁 "

    Well written and narrated (loved listening to MO's voice) - so important for our world right now ... Be Happy

    Happy Minds is my purpose and passion ... Thank you Mo and Ali 🙏🏼🤗😃✨

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/15/17
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    "A life changing experience. Thank you Mo and Ali"

    I have honestly never experienced such a profound message as I did from Solve for Happy. Working as a nurse for twenty plus years, often in a Hospice environment, I always sensed there was more to come! On being part of a living beings last experience in this world I always knew they were on a journey to somewhere special. Mo and Ali have helped me make sense of what this journey and this life means on such a deeper level! I will never forget the gift you have given me. I pray for Ali's wish and send love to Mo and his family and friends. I will restart this Audio book again straight away! The lessons are so profound I feel I want to drink them up again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/14/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Worrall
    March, Cambridgeshire, UK
    5/13/17
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    "Little bit disappointed.."

    This book has some interesting concepts in it. I enjoyed listening to the author and I respect that he has found an equation that works for him. However for me there were too many places in this book that contradict. I would forgive these contradictions if the book didn't start from a science and maths approach and then try to prove god and afterlife by an initial distortion of a scientific theory and then layering on maths to develop the distortion. For instance the book’s “many random events that created the universe” against “an intelligent designer”. I'd don't think anyone would view evolution or the universe as random, there are forces/rules/laws guiding it...just not an “intelligently” aware being... I understand why he has built this mental model to help him be happy and some of what he wrote will help me be happier. I am grateful having listened to the book and thank him for writing it. However, the solution he came to for dealing with afterlife won’t work for me and I’ll keep on searching.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/10/17
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    "Brilliant book."

    A lot of food for thought, one of the books I will definitely want to revisit. Thank you Mo, thank you Ali

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    5/10/17
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    "A life and attitude changing story."

    So grateful I found this. it's re-enforced some of my own beliefs but more importantly introduced me to new ways of thinking and dealing with a forever busy, chatty mind.

    God Bless Ali and I'm sure he stood in his highest place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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