Happiness is highly trainable. This is the basis for the Search Inside Yourself course
Born in Singapore in 1970, Chade-Meng Tan grew up with a passion for programming and personal computers. After becoming an engineer and achieving acclaim in the IT field by winning numerous awards, he joined Google. When he started working there, he was only 29 and Google was still a small startup.
He was also popular at work, because of his happy nature. They used to call him "the Jolly Good Fellow”.
Tan’s luck began at Google. He began to meditate at an early age, and had long experienced its benefits. At the age of 21, he felt miserable, with no real future prospects. Then, he found what he was looking for in meditation. He understood that happiness is trainable, and that once you find it, you can access it on command.
So he proposed the first Mindfulness course for emotional intelligence at Google. The course was aptly named Search Inside Yourself, which was perfect for the company whose aim was to position itself as a search engine.
The course was an immediate success. The personnel department suggested he change offices and lead his personal growth course for employees while pursuing his role as an engineer. Tan jumped at the chance and saw this whole new path of self-exploration as an excellent opportunity.