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Slo Mo is a series of extraordinary conversations hosted by international bestselling author of "Solve for Happy" and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat Mo Gawdat

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Slo Mo is a series of extraordinary conversations hosted by international bestselling author of "Solve for Happy" and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], Mo Gawdat. With stunning honesty, Mo and some of his wisest friends explore the profound questions and obstacles we all face in the pursuit of purpose in our lives. Achieving happiness and fulfillment is a lifelong journey, but step one is simple: slow down, and listen.

    Owen O’Kane - How to Become Ten Times Happier and Why Comparison is Killing Your Joy

    Owen O’Kane - How to Become Ten Times Happier and Why Comparison is Killing Your Joy

    Today’s guest is Owen O’Kane.

    Owen grew up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and battled his own guilt and sexuality as a Catholic. His experiences have turned him into one of the prominent psychotherapists of our day, and you'll his wisdom pour through in this conversation (and his fantastic books).

    Owen is a psychotherapist and author of the globally acclaimed and Sunday Times best seller book, Ten To Zen. He has over 25 years’ experience in physical and mental health and is a former NHS Mental Health Clinical lead. He now runs a successful private practice in London.

    He is a well-known speaker and a regular contributor to press and media and is also a script advisor for BBC Drama on psychological matters. Owen believes that a great mind warrants unprecedented improvements for every aspect of life.

    His new book, Ten Times Happier, is available now.

    Listen as we discuss:
    If we can be 10x happier, how unhappy are we now?People rarely talk about their role in their own suffering.Owen's early career working with end-of-life patients, and the awakening they gave him.His struggles growing up in Northern Ireland during The Troubles and as a gay Catholic.How the only route to enlightenment and wisdom seems to be to go through hard times.The importance of adopting a hopeful perspective and getting over the paralysis of fear.An experience with a resistant patient who underwent an explosive catharsis.Having the courage to admit your struggling is a massive step forward.Owen's dog joins the conversation!Comparison is the killer of joy.His first book, Ten to Zen and the 10-minute method to slowing down.Why is happiness so elusive to some people?The most simplified answer to happiness: flow with whatever happens the best you can.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

    Connect with Owen O'Kane on Instagram @owenokaneten and his website, owenokane.com.
     
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    Kate Daudy - The Wonder in Chaos, the Rhythm of Time, and the Political Power of Art

    Kate Daudy - The Wonder in Chaos, the Rhythm of Time, and the Political Power of Art

    Today’s guest is my new friend, Kate Daudy. This conversation could not have been more genuine, and honestly, I forgot I was recording this for an audience. This is Slo Mo at its most authentic.

    Kate is a British visual artist and writer, recognized for her work exploring and re-evaluating the human experience in the context of the natural world. Known for her written interventions in public and private spaces, Daudy’s work is based on an ancient Chinese literati practice.

    Living and working in London, her observations have fed into an array of artistic disciplines including sound work, film, performance, interactive collaboration, photography, sculpture, large-scale installation and more recently a book. Daudy exhibits worldwide and is also engaged in regular philanthropic and activist commitments. As one reviewer stated, much of her artistic work is intended not to survive, relishing the transitory nature of our existence on this earth, a love of the gesture for its own sake and a rejection of consumerism.

    Listen as we discuss:
    The feminine vs. the masculine perception of timeMy new book, Scary Smart, and what it's all about. (Kate interviews me a bit)Kate's creative process and her new show about chaos with Anna Gammans and Nobel prize winner Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov (WONDERCHAOS)What makes something "art", even if it looks ordinary and uninspiring to others?Kate's powerful work with refugees through her art.How Kate balances her art and activism with being a mother of three.Stories of how her kids react to our own silly parent moments.The effort required to really feel like you're on holiday.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

    Connect with Kate Daudy on Instagram @katedaudy an her website, katedaudy.com.
     
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    Jada Sezer - The Body Positivity Revolution and Why Hiring a Woman is the Best Bang for Your Buck

    Jada Sezer - The Body Positivity Revolution and Why Hiring a Woman is the Best Bang for Your Buck

    Today's guest is a true inspiration.

    Jada Sezer is a model, content creator, UN Women UK Changemaker, and advocate for body positivity, mental wellbeing and gender equality. She is one of the first plus size models in the UK who has challenged societal beauty ideals for over a decade. She’s graced the covers of Women's Health and Cosmopolitan magazines, starred in a billboard campaign for L'Oreal, and served as a global ambassador for Adidas.

    Jada has an MA in Child Psychotherapy and a diploma in Neuroplasticity. She’s the current host of the IGTV series Why We Feel This on her Instagram, interviewing neuroscientists and psychologists on emotions and brain health (including myself!)

    In 2018, Jada ran the London Marathon as a non-runner in underwear to challenge fitness perceptions and body ideals. She’s the co-creator of the 'Celebrate You' campaign, a partnership with Vitality 10K, a run to encourage women of all sizes and abilities to enjoy running.

    Listen as we discuss:
    Confronting "newness" in the pandemic and "oldness" at the end of it.Jada's childhood, far away from being fashionable.Avoiding the celebrity-induced ego to return to focusing on the "Why"?The divine timing (and great family) behind her successThe advice of her father that always kept her confident.Does the fashion industry really believe in body positivity or just complying?The shift to giving us an image we can relate to, not an ideal to strive for.What's left for social justice and gender equality?Hiring a woman is an amazing bang for your buck.Why Jada ran a marathon as a plus-sized woman.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

    Connect with Jada Sezer on Instagram @jadasezer, Facebook @jadasezer, and Twitter @jadasezer.
     
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    Becky Morrison - Why "Hustle Culture" is Toxic and Success Doesn't Have to Feel So Difficult

    Becky Morrison - Why "Hustle Culture" is Toxic and Success Doesn't Have to Feel So Difficult

    Today's guest is Becky Morrison. This was such a lovely talk and exactly the refresher we all need every once in a while to remind ourselves that life doesn't have to be so hard.

    Becky is a mom, wife and former lawyer turned Happiness Coach. Her mission is to spread joy. She believes most people can live happier, easier lives if they get clear on what matters most to them and then develop a plan to do more of that and less of the rest. If she can help enable people to find clarity and happiness, then everyone wins.

    Similar to how I applied my engineering skills to solving for happy, Becky applies her knowledge of people and processes from her 20+ years in corporations, law firms, and small businesses, as well as the wisdom from her own journey (and near-death experience), to help people find their unique recipe for happiness.

    Becky brings together all her learnings in her recently published book The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters.

    Listen as we discuss:
    Becky's near death experience, in which her "last" thoughts were about work - talk about a wake-up call.Why do we get so swept up in work and let the important parts of life pass us by?Be aware of the season your life is in right now, and adapt accordingly.We shouldn't have to wait until the end of life to figure out what matters to us.A thread of asking "What makes you happy?" leads you to your unique source of joy.We're stuck on measuring impact and purpose in the wrong ways.The shortfalls of hustle culture and why success doesn't have to feel so difficult.It's important to say no everyday.Are we matching our effort and resources to the things that matter to us?Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

    Connect with Becky Morrison on Facebook @butterflysociety, Instagram @the.butterfly.society, and visit her website at grantleycoaching.com. 
     
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    Tim Ash (Part 1) - The Internet is Horrible and We've Been Convinced to Care About Nonsense

    Tim Ash (Part 1) - The Internet is Horrible and We've Been Convinced to Care About Nonsense

    Today’s guest is my friend Tim Ash, author, keynote speaker and advisor. For nineteen years he was the co-founder and CEO of SiteTuners – a strategic digital optimization agency for which he created over $1.2 billion in documented value for clients.

    Tim is an expert in user-centered design, persuasion, understanding consumer behavior, neuromarketing, and landing page testing. In other words, he knows how people think, and that's led him to uncover some realizations about the state of the world (and the internet) that are uncharacteristically pessimistic for an episode of this show. However, I loved this talk and found it to be among the most important.

    Tim's latest book is Unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying How We Think and Why We Act, which goes back to the fundamental “why’s” behind our actions from an evolutionary perspective.

    In Part 1, listen as we discuss:
    The evolutionary reason behind why the internet has become full of crap.Why we care about celebrities even though we really don't want to care.The big challenge of our times is community building and preventing polarization.The internet has become a place of slicing people up into ad impressions.After the death of his mom, Tim left the marketing field to climb his "second mountain."We can't make decisions without using emotion according to our aversions and affinities.What do we need the conscious brain for? New, non-dangerous things only.The brain returns to modeling our social world almost all the time.Why we've evolved the way that we have.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

    Connect with Tim Ash on Twitter @tim_ash and Facebook @PrimalBrainTimAsh, and visit his website at timash.com. Information on his latest book, Unleash Your Primal Brain, can be found at PrimalBrain.com. 
     
    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

    Tim Ash (Part 2) - The World is Infected with the Wrong Values and Only Our Entire Being Can Save It

    Tim Ash (Part 2) - The World is Infected with the Wrong Values and Only Our Entire Being Can Save It

    This is Part 2 of my chat with Tim Ash, author, keynote speaker and advisor. For nineteen years he was the co-founder and CEO of SiteTuners – a strategic digital optimization agency for which he created over $1.2 billion in documented value for clients.

    Tim is an expert in user-centered design, persuasion, understanding consumer behavior, neuromarketing, and landing page testing. In other words, he knows how people think, and that's led him to uncover some realizations about the state of the world (and the internet) that are uncharacteristically pessimistic for an episode of this show. However, I loved this talk and found it to be among the most important.


    Tim's latest book is Unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying How We Think and Why We Act, which goes back to the fundamental “why’s” behind our actions from an evolutionary perspective.
    In Part 2, listen as we discuss:


    Tribal cohesion helped us survive, not challenging social norms.The need to create inefficiencies so lies don't spread too fast.We're not holding the tech companies to account for destroying society.Think global, act local, and how we choose your sphere of concern carefully.What's been the hardest effect of the pandemic? Loneliness and isolation.The upside of the pandemic: people have gotten more real.The capitalist mindset and technology dependency is dooming the world.We've infected the world with the wrong values.What makes us human? The ability to hold and live by contradictions.We need to bring our whole being to the world if we want it to survive.Instagram: @mo_gawdat
    Facebook: @mo.gawdat.official
    Twitter: @mgawdat
    LinkedIn: /in/mogawdat
    Website: mogawdat.com/podcast

    Connect with Tim Ash on Twitter @tim_ash and Facebook @PrimalBrainTimAsh, and visit his website at timash.com. Information on his latest book, Unleash Your Primal Brain, can be found at PrimalBrain.com.

    Don't forget to subscribe to Slo Mo for new episodes every Sunday and Thursday. Only with your help can we reach One Billion Happy #onebillionhappy

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

CicelyStewart ,

Binge-worthy

I just read Mo’s book Solve For Happy, and I’m feeling a huge change of direction because of it. I’m a scientist and an agnostic and was convinced for the first time in my life that there is more to our existence than just inhabiting this body. I was over the moon to find that he has a podcast. I’ve listened to a few of the interviews already, and they are mind-blowing. This guy just exudes love, and I could listen to him and his fascinating guests all day. Thank you for this podcast Mo. You have no idea the positive difference you’ve already made in my life. ❤️

marwapresence ,

A Podcast to wait for

I am not the person who usually writes reviews but this podcast deserves 5 stars or more. I wait for the episodes to be posted every week and I do Ali down while listening and walking. MO Gawdat you are doing a great job with your planning, presence, audience preparation and topics. It is a great chance to slow down and learn from everybody’s experience.

Mark Colgan ,

My daily dose of positivity!

This is properly one of my all time favorite podcast! I love the way Mo guides his conversation, always entertaining but also get the best info from his guests. The diversity of the topics make the podcast always refreshing but touch the best angle of our every day life. Mo's wisdom is what draws me the most. 10/10 would recommend!

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