Our next guest on the DOSE Hacking Happiness podcast is the hugely inspiring, Mo Gawdat – the former Chief Business Officer for Google X who struggled with depression after his son Ali sadly died.
Mo Gawdat on how to hack happiness
Following this tragedy and after 12 years of research, Mo proposed an algorithm for happiness based on an understanding of how the brain takes in and processes joy and sadness.
His mission One Billion Happy is to help one billion people become happier as a tribute to his son.
This year, Mo launched a podcast called Slo Mo, believing that slowing down is the only way we can move forward which feels like a relevant message for 2020.
We couldn’t think of a better guest to help mark mental health awareness day. In this podcast we talk about; the role of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins in relation to our happiness, if/how we can recover from a terrible tragedy and if there is ever a “reason” for the event, his opinion on if it’s possible to overcome depression and the disturbing truths of exercise addiction.
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Notes from the podcast
We refer to an episode of Mo Gawdat’s podcast with Dr. Kristin Neff on The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.