Google’s Mo Gawdat explains a simple rule for happiness

Business Insider spoke with Mo Gawdat, chief business officer of Google X  and author of “Solve for Happy,” who talked about how you can find it easier to achieve happiness by following one simple rule.

“We are so ungrateful for the quality of life that we have. There is always something you can look down on and say: “It is so much worse for that guy.”

“Whatever it is that we have in our life today, compare that to 100 years ago. Where life expectancy was much worse, where health was much worse, look at all of the gadgets we have in our life, look at all of the luxuries we have in our life. And yet, we continue to look at what’s missing.”

“If you really start to appreciate what you have in your life, happiness becomes a much easier task to achieve.”

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How a mathematic equation can lead to a happier life

Business Insider spoke with Mo Gawdat, Chief Business Officer of Google X  and author of “Solve for Happy” who talked about how to solve your unhappiness by using his “Happiness Equation”. 

“The Happiness Equation is: your happiness is equal to or greater than the difference between the events of your life and your expectations of how life should behave.”

“The mathematics of the happiness equation and our actual experience in life proves that if you have low expectations, you’re mostly going to be happy if you don’t expect life to give you much. Whatever life will give you it’ll make you happy, right?”

“One of my favourite concepts of “Solve for Happy” comes to the surface. That concept is a concept I call “committed acceptance”.

“You say “okay, something happened I cannot do anything about it, but I’m going to try to do my best to make tomorrow a little better than today, and after tomorrow a little better than tomorrow.”

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