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The Happy Human: Being Real in an Artificially Intelligent World

The Happy Human: Being Real in an Artificially Intelligent World

by Gopi Kallayil


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Gopi Kallayil, author of The Internet to the Inner-net and one of Google's best and brightest, uses stories from his high-tech work life and his personal life to explore what it means to be truly happy—and what makes us truly human.

Happiness is a multimillion-dollar industry, catering to our deep desire to live a joyful life and to a belief that, as human beings, we deserve to be happy. Gopi Kallayil believes in reversing that equation. He holds that what we truly deserve is to be human, and that the key to happiness lies in being 100 percent who we are, reveling in our authentic selves, even if—maybe especially if—that means falling on our faces. Which Gopi has done. Many times. But he's also had spectacular success.

This book explores the qualities that make us human and have helped to make Gopi successful and happy in both his personal life and his professional career. Told with Gopi's candor and humor, his deep compassion and his love of the absurd, The Happy Human spans the period from his first job as a software programmer in South China to his current position as an executive at Google in Silicon Valley. Each chapter captures an event in Gopi's life where he dug deep and found the means to express himself from a place of radical confidence: Singing live at Burning Man, even though he sings off-key and was terrified. Participating in a triathlon, with an open-water swim, when he had only swum in a pool. (Lifeguards pulled him into their boat to save him.) Speaking at Toastmasters International and being willing to be awful—which he admittedly was—before finally, years later, becoming one of their top speakers. He also weaves in accounts of others who have dreamed big and acted on their dreams. Gopi's stories and practices help us find happiness by embracing not only our own selves but the entire human experience, inspiring us to expect miracles daily, to use every fall as a chance to bounce, to go for what we want on every front, to live our lives full-out.

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ISBN-13: 9781401946227
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 09/11/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Gopi Kallayil is Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing, at Google; the founder of the yoga program for Googlers, called Yoglers; and the self-proclaimed "Happy Human," a title his business card bears above his name. Gopi is an avid yoga practitioner. He is also a triathlete, global traveler, and Burning Man devotee.
Gopi earned his bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India and received two master's degrees in business administration, one from the Indian Institute of Management and one from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the Wharton School and the Stanford University School of Business. A former McKinsey consultant, he sits on the board of the Desmond Tutu Foundation and has delivered more than 100 talks on topics as diverse as yoga, meditation, brand marketing in the digital age, innovation, the dharma of business, and technology for the greater good. He has spoken at TEDx, the World Happiness Summit, Yoga Journal LIVE!, and Wisdom 2.0. He's the author of The Internet to the Inner-Net and has released two music albums with a group he co-founded, Kirtan Lounge.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Happiness Is a Choice xxi

Part I Find Meaning and Purpose

Muddling into Happiness 3

What Is in the Happiness Masala? 9

This Tiny Little Slice of Life Called Now 19

Friend Request-From You to You 35

Take Your MEDS 49

The World Is a Very Large Place 65

Part II Rewrite Your Story

When Life Crumbles 75

When You Fall, Bounce 85

Don't Fail, Morph 101

Expect Miracles 115

The Possiblearian 125

Part III Be Comfortable With Who You Are

If You Can Speak, You Can Sing 133

Go Wander 143

Surround Yourself with Happiness 153

Reach Out and Touch 161

Wild Women 169

A Final Jump for Joy 179

Acknowledgments 187

About the Author 193


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