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Everyday Compassion at Google


Chade-meng Tan




Google's "Jolly Good Fellow," Chade-Meng Tan, talks about how the company practices compassion in its everyday business -- and its bold side projects.


So, what does the happiest man in the world look like? Me, it certainly doesn't look like me. Right? He looks like this. His name is Matthieu Ricard. So how do you get to be the happiest man in the world? Now, it turns out there is a way to measure happiness in the brain. And you do that by measuring the relative activation of the left prefrontal cortex in the FMRI versus the right prefrontal cortex. Right.

And Matthews, happiness measure is off the charts. He is by far, the happiest man ever measured by signs, we see leads us to a question. What was he thinking when he was being measured? Perhaps something very naughty. Actually, he was meditating on compassion. Matthew's own experience is that compassion is the happiest state ever. Reading about Matthew was one of the pivotal moments of my life.

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