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Episode 74: Happiness is a Choice, with Mo Gawdat

Mo Gawdat is the Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], an elite team of engineers that comprise Google’s futuristic dream factory. In the past ten years, he has made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with thousands of people in more than a hundred countries. He is also a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded more than twenty businesses. He speaks Arabic, English, and German. In 2014, motivated by the tragic loss of his son Ali, Mo began pouring his findings into his first book, “Solve for Happy.”

Here are some words from Mo on his book:

“This book is my attempt to fulfill the task assigned to me by my happiness idol, my wonderful son, Ali. My hope is that by sharing his message, his peaceful way of living, I may be able to honor his memory and continue his legacy.” – Mo Gawdat

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Mo’s background
  • How his life was impacted by the loss of his son
  • 10 Million Happy: happiness initiative he started after the tragic loss of his son
  • Why we all start out happy, why that changes over time, and what we can do about it
  • The six grand illusions and what they mean about life
  • Why happiness exists inside yourself
  • Your brain’s blind spots
  • Why you need to focus on the present moment and live in the now
  • The ultimate truths of life
  • Mo’s belief that the universe is a product of meticulous design
  • Committing to make the changes that will make your life happier
  • Using technology in a way that aids in your happiness

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