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May you be happy

February 13, 2018


Meet Chade Meng Tan… I first met Meng at a conference in Austin. Meng is a former software engineer at Google. He was Google employee number 107 and his job title was Jolly Good Fellow. Although he worked for eight years in engineering, he earned that title after starting a groundbreaking mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course called "Search Inside Yourself."


I owe my hope for happiness in corporations to him.


Want to find your own happiness, whether it's where you work or in your life? It may only take 10 seconds. Yep, just 10 seconds. 


Meng points to a simple, 10 second exercise that he calls The Joy of Loving Kindness Meditation. (It’s part of meta meditation that science and research have proven increases your happiness levels.)


If you’re unhappy with your current situation and you haven’t found the answer yet, try this:


  • Set aside a specific period for when you’re going to do this. It could be while you’re brushing your teeth, tying your shoes, or eating lunch.

  • During that period, identify 2–3 people in your mind. For example, choose 2 people who are currently an active part of your life and 1 friend you haven’t spoken to in a while or even 1 person who “needs” loving kindness.

  • Now say (in your head):  “I wish for [person’s name] to be happy.”

  • Do that one time for each of your people and you’re done.

  • This method requires consistency for about a week before you truly start feeling the results.


I challenge you to take 10 seconds over the next 7 days (that’s just over a minute, so you can’t tell me you don’t have the time) and wish for 3 people to be happy. Really feel it. Even if you think it’s too woo-woo for you, what do you have to lose?


The results are guaranteed to surprise you.


And to kick off this happiness practice, just for today, everyone you see, silently wish them happiness.


If this works for you (and it will), then I suggest a full 10-minutes of loving kindness meditation. Don't know what that is? Just google it 😉


I wish YOU to be happy.

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