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Book Review: Solve For Happy

May 21, 2017

Recently I finished the book Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat.

It was interesting and thought-provoking. It made me close the book many times and delve into the various ideas and concepts presented in simple language. It's based on a personal tragedy that triggers the author to pen down his experience of life. In his hour of crisis, he dived deep into serious contemplation and formulated some theories from various sources and also from his own life-experiences. This book is a collection of such theories and concepts. 

One of the key highlights of this book is the concept that a child is born blissful, in a perfect happy state. As we grow, we lose this natural state by over-thinking and making things complicated. You buy a new smartphone which initially performs well but as you keep installing apps, it gets slower and slower and hangs at times. Just like your mobile, even you need a factory reset at times. But how? Read the book, I should say. There are small practical steps explained which are easy to follow. 

A single unpleasant incident seems to haunt us  much more than happiness from many joyful events. The mind remembers the bad, goes back to it, thinks about it and then suffers unnecessarily and all these take place automatically without our control. We should stop going back to unpleasant thoughts by forcing our mind to be pinned right onto the present moment. We can start by focusing on the things right in-front of our eyes -  the table, wall clock, a small bird through the window and so on. A simple exercise but can yield immediate results.

The other thing that I liked about the book is that the author very nicely explains that the whole creation is based on a grand-design. It is not a result of a chaos or an accident, like the Big Bang! And in this design the laws of the nature work perfectly. There is no sympathy for anyone -  so if you lose something valuable and cry the universe isn't going to listen and return back your valuable possession. Because the laws will not change.  

When there is a grand design, there should also be one who designed it. Isn't it?

There is a lot of discussion on death towards the end of the book as well. A man never dies. It's only that the physical body dissolves. However he continues to live in some form of consciousness. Death is not to be feared or ignored. Rather it should be embraced and in-fact celebrated.

What lies on the other side is not completely known but there can be something wonderful - who knows? When a baby remains in mother's womb it can get attached to free food and mother's warmth. The baby might be not willing to come out of the stomach - and may be that's why every baby cries after landing on the earth; however we know that birth is a liberating phenomenon. The baby never realizes that the other side of the mother's womb can be so exciting. Similarly Death can also lead to something exciting.

I highly recommend this book. It's an eye-opener, sometimes quite emotional and every now and then it will make the reader lost in serious contemplation.

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