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Mo Gawdat

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Specialty: Happiness & Managing Expectations

Mo Gawdat ( pronounced MO gow-DET ) is Chief Business Officer at Google’s [X], a group of engineers tasked with thinking out-of-the-box, and envisioning a future that maximizes the best relationship between humans and our technology.

Following the sudden loss of his son, Mo Gawdat began to question and re-evaluate why the human mind suffers, how the mind perceives the world, and the psychological nature of happiness.

His core observation was that psychological and emotional suffering is created when your expectations exceed your current reality.

Happiness is equal to or greater than the events of your life minus your expectation of how life should be.

Mo refers to this as his Algorithm for Happiness, and breaks down all of the different facets of where the human mind creates expectations.

Introduction to Mo's work

Mo has written a book called Solve for Happy, and conducted numerous interviews which you can find on YouTube.

Here's an introduction to Mo's philosophies about the psychology of happiness.

Happiness is very much like staying fit. You start with the decision that you are going to get fit, you find out how – but knowing that is not enough, you have to go to the gym to work out and eat healthily. To me the whole topic of happiness is exactly the same. First you understand that happiness is a choice, that you can actually achieve it and that there is a method to make it happen. Happiness is not a coincidence, it is not given to you by life, it’s entirely our responsibility.

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