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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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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
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 .
Mo inspired me with his sincere and honest stories. I owe him everything. Thank you.
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
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?
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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?
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
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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
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. <br/>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.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Was OK at the start but towards the end went into a long rambling 'justification' for intelligent design. Was like listening to a flat earther. I gave up at that point.
The book boiled down to: lower your expectations, be grateful for what you have, think happy thoughts, live in the moment.
I found the book "Happy Money" a far more practical and enjoyable book as an alternative.
There are some interesting and useful ideas in here, but he effectively retrospectively destroys any credibility by a bizarre God must exist chapter at the end.
I cannot state enough how amazing this book is. Such insight and ultimate truth of life. If you could only read one more book make sure it's this one. I have listened many times, such wisdom. Thank you Mo
I really loved this book I cried a lot and it did bring everything into prospective, i remember my grandmother when she lost her best son at the age of 39 how calm she was she remembered him every single day but had that calmness knowing we will meet on the other side, it isn't only a book for happiness it will help you to overcome greave as well, Allah yerhmak ya Ali. Thank you Mo for sharing such a private and heart touching story.
so much in it that I will listrn to it over and over again. beautifully spoken
Highly recommend this book. It is helping me to change my life for the better.
Great read - full of practical exercises to shape and train you to be happy. Backed with explanations to help understand the WHY - with real life examples of how the exercises were put into practice daily to overcome a heartbreaking tragedy.
Mo thank you for taking the time to share this - it has and will continue to help me be happy.
a book you'll read more than once. thank you mo for sharing your story.. .