This Is the 1 Thing Mark Zuckerberg Turns to When Life Gets Rough

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been in the news lately. He kicked off April 2018 with questioning at the hands of U.S. lawmakers. And understandably, he’s a bit stressed.

So what does one of the richest men alive do when life gets rough? We uncovered Mark Zuckerberg’s go-to solution to deal with the stress (page 6), as well as some background on the ambiguous billionaire.

Why are we seeing so much of Zuck lately?

Mark Zuckerberg has found himself in hot water. | Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

The co-founder and CEO of Facebook faced lawmakers after the revelation that a British political consulting firm improperly accessed nearly 87 million Facebook users’ personal data. Zuckerberg testified, apologizing for Facebook’s role in any foreign interference with elections and data privacy leaks.

Next: Facing nearly 100 members of Congress can’t be easy.

Naturally, he’s a bit stressed

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee congress

There’s even a campaign now to get Facebook deleted for good. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

According to The New York Times, Zuckerberg faced interrogations at the hands of nearly 100 members of both the Senate and House. He spent nearly 10 hours answering close to 600 questions. Zuckerberg was the only tech chief present during the questioning, but some claim he was addressed as the face of the entire industry.

The public response to the trials has been mixed. Some have joined the online #DeleteFacebook campaign, while others still use the site without concern.

NextA look into the past that relates to the CEO’s stress-relief tactic

He was raised Jewish

Mark Zuckerberg and his family celebrating the holidays

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t afraid to share his family traditions with the online community. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

Zuckerberg was raised Jewish and held his bar mitzvah at age 13. He recently celebrated Purim with his family.

He shared an apology on Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, via a post on his own Facebook account. “For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better. For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better.”

Next: His current religious beliefs are unclear.

He was allegedly an atheist for a few years

Mark Zuckerberg with his wife and child

He has questioned his beliefs. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have previously discussed their values and beliefs, such as helping others. When their daughter, Max, was born, they pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook stock to charity.

However, Zuckerberg might have identified as an atheist for a few years. He posted on Facebook about celebrating Christmas in 2016, to which a follower commented, “Aren’t you atheist?” Zuckerberg replied, “No. I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important.”

Next: How his wife’s beliefs affect him

He appreciates Buddhism

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg smiling for the camera on the red carpet

Priscilla Chan practices Buddhism. | Adam Berry/Getty Images

Chan practices Buddhism. In 2015, Zuckerberg posted a picture of himself praying at Wild Goose Pagoda during a trip to Xi’an, China. He was visiting Asia to promote Facebook, despite the fact that the social networking site is blocked in most parts of China.

“Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time. I hope to continue understanding the faith more deeply,” he wrote.

Next: What Zuckerberg does in stressful situations

He says the ‘Mi Shebeirach’ when he faces life’s challenges

Mark Zuckerberg giving a speech

Mark Zuckerberg gave a heartfelt speech, which included a Jewish prayer. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In 2017, Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Harvard University. He disclosed a personal fact about himself that shows how Judaism has impacted his life and work.

Zuckerberg closed his speech by reciting the Jewish prayer “Mi Shebeirach,” which is typically considered a prayer for healing. He told the crowd he recites the prayer whenever he faces a big challenge, as well as when he puts his daughter to sleep. “It goes, ‘May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing,'” he said. “I hope you find the courage to make your life a blessing.”

Next: The world has one final message for the CEO.

Good luck, Zuck

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee

What will happen to Zuckerberg? We’ll see. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

What’s next for the CEO? Congress seemed to have one message: Regulate Facebook, or we will. “You’re the guy to fix this. We’re not,” Rep. Billy Long told Zuckerberg. “You need to save your ship.”

The senators and representatives claimed they didn’t want to vote to regulate the site but would if that was what proved necessary to protect the privacy of the site’s users.

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