Q+A with Mo Gawdat | Solve for Happy


February 2022: HAPPY
Rebel Book: #82
Book: Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat
Meetup: X+Y Whitechapel, X+Y Chiswick, Framework, Hop In
Fuel: MOTH Cocktails, Dash Water
Live Q+A: Mo Gawdat
Action: Spread Happy Book Drop!


A bit about Solve for Happy

Before we begin, here’s a little intro to Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat.

“This book is my attempt to fulfill the task assigned to me by my happiness idol, my wonderful son, Ali My hope is that by sharing his message—his peaceful way of living—I may be able to honor his memory and continue his legacy.

I tried to imagine the positive impact spreading this message could create, and I realized that maybe it is not for nothing that I have a high-profile job with global reach.”

Mo gawdat explaining the reason he wrote Solve for Happy

Live Audience Q+A with Mo Gawdat | Solve for Happy

We were delighted to have Mo Gawdat on a live video link from Dubai for our February 2022 meetup! We had members tuning in virtually around the world and in-person at our London meetups at X+Y Whitechapel and X+Y Chiswick. We also had a meetup going on at Framework in Bristol.

In this first clip from the evening, Ben Saul-Garner asks Mo for the espresso snapshot of his Happiness Formula…

In this next clip, Ben SG asks Mo how his work in Solve for Happy could help to solve the world’s problems. Here’s what he had to say…

On a similar theme, Mo is asked by one of our RBC members, how would the world change if more people lived by his advice?

Finally, who do you think Mo’s favorite recent nonfiction author is? Find out below!

The full-length interview with Mo is available via our YouTube channel.


Introducing our Spread Happy Book Drop!

Mo Gawdat has a mission to spark a movement of happiness – One Billion Happy – and we decided we could help out as a club by taking part in a book drop to Spread Happy!

Mo’s publisher Bluebird Publishing helped us out by supplying us with 60 copies of Solve for Happy.

“To help one billion people become happier, a movement One Billion Happy, that I ask you to join so that together we can create a small-scale global pandemic of Ali-style joy.”

Mo gawdat’s mission

We put tags on all of the books so we could track their journeys. Then we asked Rebel Book Club members from our London meetups to take a book and leave it somewhere for a stranger to find.

We hope over time they will spread some happy across the city and we’ll see them pop up on social media via our hashtag #RebelBookDrop! Here are a couple of examples of books that are already in the wild making people’s day…

We’d love for as many people as possible to get involved if they’d like to join in. You can grab the PDFs of the stickers we put on the outside covers + inside sleeves of the books. Feel free to print them off at home and stick them onto your copy if you’d like to book drop your copy of Solve for Happy in the spirit of spreading happiness!


Our February 2022 Gallery: RBC x X+Y Whitechapel


March 2022: Zero Zero Zero

Our March 2022 read has already been decided by our members from the shortlist below. For the theme of Narcos: The War on Drugs, we are reading Zero Zero Zero by Roberto Saviano.

Our members’ meetups were on Tuesday 29th March @ 7pm (BST). Members will be joining in-person in London + Bristol and virtually around the world.

Thank you so much to all of our venue partners who keep our club connecting in curiosity:

That’s all for now. Sign up to become a member to join the fun!


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We are Rebel Book Club, a global nonfiction book club.

We’ve been reading together for 5+ years and we exist to accelerate your reading habits, connect you with like-minded thinkers + doers and take positive action in a changing world…

We have an event at the end of each month, where we hear from experts in a relevant field to the books we’re reading – which is how this blog post came about.

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