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Everyday compassion at Google

Chade-Meng Tan | 14:44


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.

My dream is to create the conditions for world peace in my lifetime. And to do that, by creating the conditions for inner peace and compassion on a global scale. And learning about Matthew gave me a new angle to look at my work. Matthews brain scan shows that compassion is not a chore. Compassion is something that creates happiness. Compassion is fun, right? And that mind blowing insight changes the entire game. Because if compassion was a chore, like, nobody's going to do it, except maybe the Dalai Lama or something, right? But if compassion was fun, everybody's going to do it. Right? Therefore, to create the conditions for global compassion, all we have to do, all we have to do is to reframe compassion as something that is fun. But fun is not enough. What if compassion is also profitable? What if compassion is also good for business, then every boss, every manager in the world will want to have compassion like this, that will create the conditions for world peace. So I started paying attention to what compassion looks like in a business setting. Fortunately, I didn't have to look very far. Because what I was looking for was right in front of my eyes, right in Google, my company. I know there are the compassionate companies in the world. But Google is sort of the place I'm familiar with, because I've been there for 10 years.

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