Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat is a Google [X] Chief Business Officer's perspective and formula for bringing more happiness into your life.
The book begins with Mo talking about his struggles around coming to terms with the early accidental death of his teenaged son, Ali.
Mo believes that happiness is our default state, which he refers to the happiness equation. He explains it as 'if you perceive the events as equal to or greater than your expectations, you're happy – or at least not happy. But here's the tricky bit: it's not the event that make[s] us unhappy; it's the way we think about it that does.'
The majority of the book is centred around his Happiness Model of 6 – 7- 5, which is a shorthand way to explain the concepts he has brought together from a number of different sources. It has a cognitive behavioural therapy feel about it. It's about busting the 6 grand illusions, fixing the 7 blind spots and 'hang on' to the 5 ultimate truths.
This self-help book is packed with parables and examples from a range of different sources. The text is broken up with simple line drawings and diagrams to illustrate some points. I enjoyed the diagram explaining the steps to dealing with fear: 1. Admit that you are afraid 2. Understand what fear is 3. Name your fear
4. Understand your brain's fear games 5. Make the vow
6. Teak the leap
Solve for Happy is an original take on the happiness self-help genre, from an engineer with a fondness for thoroughly analysing a problem.
Solve for Happy is available in paperback from your favourite bookseller.
Published by Pan Macmillan
About the author
Mo Gawdat is a serial entrepreneur and Google Vice President whose personal story has taught him more about life and what really matters than all the board meetings and business deals.