Solve For Happy: Engineer Your Path To Joy

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In this “powerful personal story woven with a rich analysis of what we all seek” (Sergey Brin, cofounder of Google), Mo Gawdat, Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], applies his superior logic and problem solving skills to understand how the brain processes joy and sadness—and then he solves for happy.

In 2001 Mo Gawdat realized that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would: examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness.

Thirteen years later, Mo’s algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation—and it saved them from despair. In dealing with the horrible loss, Mo found his mission: he would pull off the type of “moonshot” goal that he and his colleagues were always aiming for—he would share his equation with the world and help as many people as possible become happier.

In Solve for Happy Mo questions some of the most fundamental aspects of our existence, shares the underlying reasons for suffering, and plots out a step-by-step process for achieving lifelong happiness and enduring contentment. He shows us how to view life through a clear lens, teaching us how to dispel the illusions that cloud our thinking; overcome the brain’s blind spots; and embrace five ultimate truths.

No matter what obstacles we face, what burdens we bear, what trials we’ve experienced, we can all be content with our present situation and optimistic about the future.


  • SolveForHappy 01 Title

    Duration: 26s
  • SolveForHappy 02 Introduction

    Duration: 30min
  • SolveForHappy 03 Part1Ch1

    Duration: 34min
  • SolveForHappy 04 Ch2

    Duration: 20min
  • SolveForHappy 05 Part2Ch3

    Duration: 49min
  • SolveForHappy 06 Ch4

    Duration: 59min
  • SolveForHappy 07 Ch5

    Duration: 36min
  • SolveForHappy 08 Ch6

    Duration: 42min
  • SolveForHappy 09 Ch7

    Duration: 25min
  • SolveForHappy 10 Ch8

    Duration: 42min
  • SolveForHappy 11 Part3Ch9

    Duration: 01h09min
  • SolveForHappy 12 Part4

    Duration: 08min
  • SolveForHappy 13 Ch10

    Duration: 25min
  • SolveForHappy 14 Ch11

    Duration: 25min
  • SolveForHappy 15 Ch12

    Duration: 32min
  • SolveForHappy 16 Ch13

    Duration: 59min
  • SolveForHappy 17 Ch14

    Duration: 01h12min
  • SolveForHappy 18 Afterword

    Duration: 35min
  • SolveForHappy 19 Credits

    Duration: 01min