*Warning. Today’s podcast contains details of parental bereavement. Caution advised*
Today I feel like I’ve had one of the most impactful conversations on a personal level. I vividly remember watching Mo Gawdat’s interview on Channel 4 news back in 2017 when he was touring and promoting his international bestseller “Solve for Happy”. His story of loss deeply touched me and changed my perspective on happiness and how to attain it. Mo wants you to achieve happiness and wants you to understand that “Happiness is easier to achieve than we’re led to believe”. For me to have the opportunity to interview him 4 years later is just such a surreal privilege I cannot explain.
Mo Gawdat is the former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], author of the international bestselling book Solve for Happy and founder of One Billion Happy.
After a long career in tech, Mo has made happiness his primary topic of research, diving deeply into literature and conversing on the topic with some of the wisest people in the world. Mo is also the host of Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat, where he has the most wonderful conversations with the greatest minds of our time, including Dr Tara Swart, Alain de Botton and Mark Williamson. I highly recommend you dive into this library and if you find Mo’s voice as soothing and rhythmical as I do, you’ll love listening back to his episodes.
A bit of back story to Mo, in 2014 he endured the tragic loss of Ali, his 21 yr old son, after routine surgery. Motivated by his loss, Mo began pouring his findings into his book, Solve for Happy. His mission to help one billion people become happier, #OneBillionHappy, is his attempt to honor Ali by spreading the message that happiness can be learned and shared.
And this is exactly what you’ll hear about in today’s podcast. We talk about:
- Mo’s intention for the year
- Flow and the various definitions of ‘flow state’
- The inability to sit with ourselves
- The tragic loss of Mo’s son and how that pushed his mission to ‘solve happy’
- A midlife crisis at age 29
- How his happiness equation is received cross culturally
- Death and a perspective on the pandemic that everyone should try