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Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy

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If you can fix the “six” and the “seven,” you will find that 95%, 98% of life doesn’t warrant unhappiness at all. Because we’re immaterial, Gawdat argues that the death of our bodies does not end our lives; death is impermanent. So if you’re the supporting actor in thousands of movies and only the star in one, how much of a superstar does that make you? First, Gawdat argues that unconditional love is fundamentally different from emotions like admiration and respect, which occur for reasons; we admire and respect others because of the virtues they exemplify.

Further, Gawdat points out that we use words to convey knowledge, but words are imperfect vehicles for truth.Or as Gawdat, formerly head of Google X, now the author of the book Solve for Happy, puts it, you need to “Bust the 6 Grand Illusions, Fix the 7 Blind Spots, and Hang on to the 5 Ultimate Truths” (page 45, paperback edition) to achieve happiness. I learned so much from Mo in just this one hour conversation and I know you will too in Episode 467 with Mo Gawdat.

Anchor yourself to the truth, and move above the state of happiness that is conditional, and into a state of permanent joy. You have absolutely 0 guarantee that, of the infinite possibilities, the one you’re thinking about will come to be true. Being aligned to this level on your life and what you want will do wonders for you, I haven’t gotten to that place yet.Participants experienced a huge surge in happiness scores, with the impact lasting sometimes as long as a month. Do you ever wonder how you would have responded to your son’s death if you hadn’t developed your happiness equation?

The immediate response may be yes — you hear all these stories of people who strove for success (whether that be money, fame, or something else) instead of happiness, and are now miserable with their lives. And likewise with the tiger — it’s aggressive while chasing the antelope but becomes peaceful after realizing it wouldn’t be able to capture it. Advertising is constantly bombarding us with, you know, you’re not good enough until you get my product. I would go to them with what I understood as an engineer, and they would give me the heart side of it. Mo goes on to explain that a study at Stanford university shows that people who are happy are in general 12% more happy in whatever they do.

Because the fears implemented by our safe model are wide-reaching, Gawdat argues that they negatively shape our expectations, causing us to expect harm at every turn. As part of his collaboration with Rituals (for which he is unpaid), Mo explains here the fundamentals of his beliefs in happiness. Mo also discovered that every moment in your lives we have ever felt unhappywasn’t because of what was happening in our lives but because of a comparison between your life and how you want your life to be. So if the events remain the same, but we change our thoughts about them, can we make ourselves happy?

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