Mo Gawdat, Chief Business Officer at Google X, is trying to make as many people on this earth happy. 10 million is his target.
Why? He lost his 21-year-old son, Ali, in a routine operation. He experienced (imaginably or unimaginably) incredible grief and depression. But Gawdat has managed to turn that grief into something sensational.
His book Solve For Happy is about engineering a path to happiness. In it are the theories underpinning an equation he generated for attaining happiness, and how it helped him sustain momentum after Ali’s death.
He has a few golden tips:
1) “Happiness is like keeping fit. You have to work out,” he tells The Guardian.
2) “Learn how to use your brain as a biological function, like every other part of your body so it can understand you are the boss, not him.”
3) “Happiness is not a coincidence, it is not given to you by life, it’s entirely our responsibility.”
You don’t need to read the entire book to get the gist. Instead, check out this 1-hour and 9 minute-long Google Talk. Come on, it’s just over an hour. You, really, can’t put a price or time limit on happiness.