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Innovation, Start Ups, Cars, Coffee, Art, Ethical Business, Quantum Physics, Spirituality and Perpetual World Tours

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Solve For Happy - Early Readers
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Seventeen days after the death of my wonderful son, Ali, I began to write and couldn’t stop. My topic was happiness, an unlikely topic given the circumstances. Less than 6 month later I was ready with the full draft of the book.

Losing a child, they say, is the hardest experience ever. It certainly shakes every parent to the core. Losing a loving, kind, caring child is even harder; losing him at his prime is harder still; and losing him unexpectedly to preventable human error may be the hardest thing of all.

Ali was truly an angel. He made everything he touched better, and everyone he met happier. Because I was quite young when he blessed us by joining this world, he was not just my son but my best friend. At age eighteen he was noticeably wiser than any man I ever knew and so I sought his advice whenever I faced a big decision. He was my support and my confidant. I found myself thinking, “When I grow up, I want to be just like Ali.”

The day he left us, I lost it all. There was every reason to be sad, even depressed for many years to come. Yet, In the face of the tragedy, I and my family maintained a state of steady, peaceful happiness that I came to call "joy". To reach that stage we applied a rigorous model based on "the Happiness Equation". The equation and the model took me a full decade of research to develop and are founded on solid logic and engineering principles. Those represent a different view of happiness that has rarely been discussed but has since opened the eyes of many to concepts such as: What the true reasons behind our suffering are and what steps are needed to reach a state of uninterrupted happiness.

Working at Google [X] has trained me to think in terms of ambitious targets that positively affect the lives of billions of people. We call them moonshots. Solve For Happy is not just a book. It is my own personal moonshot. The target I had set for myself is to help 10 million people become happier. Considering how many billions of people suffer needlessly, this indeed is an achievable target.
Over the last couple of months major publishers have committed to join the mission and publish ‪#‎SolveForHappy‬ globally. Scribner’s (Simon & Schuster) have agreed to the rights for North America, Bluebird (McMillan’s) have agreed international English-speaking rights and I am currently in final conversation with publishers in Japan, Korea and major European Countries. The overwhelming response promises hundreds of thousands of copies and reassures me that the ‪#‎10millionhappypeople‬ mission is on track.
This post is my invitation for you to join the mission and help me write the best book I possibly can. By becoming an early reader, you will be given the opportunity to read a preview of the book, add your feedback and comments, discuss the content with some of the smartest readers globally and even suggest edits as you see fit.

Active contributors will be listed with gratitude on the website of Solve For Happy and will receive a signed early copy of the hardcover edition.

Over the next several weeks, I will release a new chapter every five days and will keep it available online for two weeks before it is removed from the network, edited as per readers’ comments and shared to a wider audience of “Beta” readers. I will dedicate several hours a week for Video Conferences (via Google Hangouts) to discuss each chapter in detail upon request.

People are unhappy everyday. Join the mission; together we can make a difference.

Please send an email (from a gmail account) to SolveForHappyAlpha@gmail.com before May 15th, 2015 to receive full instructions on how to join.

Thanks
Mo
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So beautiful !

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This simply puts things in perspective next time you think that you are the "star of the movie", that life behaves in a way just to upset you or please you. With all due respect, you (or I or any one) are just one of 7.2 billion other humans and trillions of other beings on a tiny planet near a tiny sun part of a tiny galaxy that is one of billions. We, and our whole planet, are but a grain of sand in an endless desert. Things happen, they don't happen for or against you. You are not the star of the movie.

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It is truly incredible how much we do not know about our complex universe. It just reminds you the "you are not the star of the movie". There are trillions of other beings that each lives in its very own complex movie, one in which you are at best a supporting actor. 

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Just love this t-shirt 
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Visit Save The Children to help. 

Just because it is not happening near your home does not mean it is not happening.

 

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You see, we don't really need the fancy solutions. Think of how many people are getting to where they need to go with a minimal consumption of fuel :)  #smart  
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A brilliant approach to standing in line!! 
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Instead of 17 minutes on a ted talk today, spend those 17 minutes watching this totally useless very clever stuff :)

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While the video is really bad (I suggest you just listen to the music), Iron Maiden fans will find this classic guitar take on "Fear Of The Dark" truly incredible.
For those who are not Iron Maiden fans, well . . it is about time!! 
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