Technology, at least in theory, is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. The one thing it’s not doing is making us happier. We are experiencing historically high levels of depression and dissatisfaction.
But we can change that.
Knowing that technology is here to stay and will continue to evolve in form and function, we need to know how to navigate the future to achieve a better balance between technology, productivity, and well-being. Technology can drive—not diminish—human happiness.
In The Future of Happiness, author Amy Blankson, cofounder of the global positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, unveils five strategies successful individuals can use, not just to survive—but actually thrive—in the Digital Age:
- Stay Grounded to focus your energy and increase productivity
- Know Thyself through app-driven data to strive toward your potential
- Train Your Brain to develop and sustain an optimistic mindset
- Create a Habitat for Happiness to maximize the spaces where you live, work, and learn
- Be a Conscious Innovator to help make the world a better place
By rethinking when, where, why, and how you use technology, you will not only influence your own well-being but also help shape the future of your community. Discover how technologies can transform the idea of “I’ll be happy when . . .” to being happy now.
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About the Author
Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton). She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. She went on found the Future of Philanthropy Conference at Yale University. In 2007, Amy cofounded GoodThink to bring the science of happiness to life for organizations and individuals. Amy brings both passion and practicality to GoodThink. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determine how to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change. She serves as a Visioneer for the Xprize Foundation for Personal Health, and is a featured expert on Oprah’s Happiness OCourse. Amy is the author of the award-winning book Ripple’s Effect, and lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and three beautiful daughters who teach her about the joy of positivity and the importance of gratitude on a daily basis.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Three Burning Questions of the Digital Era
Where Are We Heading?
Would We Be Better Without Tech?
What Will Happiness Look Like?
Part Two: The Five Strategies
Strategy #1 Stay Grounded
How to Focus and Channel Your Energy with Intention
The Challenge: Navigating Digital Distraction and Addiction
The Strategy: Grounding Ourselves with Intention
Strategy #2 Know Thyself
How Quantifying Yourself Helps Eliminate Limiting Beliefs on Your Potential
The Challenge: Recognizing Limiting Beliefs
The Strategy: Magnifying Your Microdecisions
Strategy #3 Train Your Brain
How to Put Together the Building Blocks of a Smarter, Happier Mind
The Challenge: Dealing With a Brain That Has a Mind of Its Own
The Strategy: Optimizing Your Mindset
Strategy #4 Create a Habitat for Happiness
How to Build Greater Happiness into Our Homes, Workplaces and Communities
The Challenge: Deciding Whether Technology Is Our Friend or Foe?
The Strategy: Reshaping Spaces, Places, and the Fences in Between
Strategy #5 Innovate Consciously
How to Use Your Innate Power to Shape the Future of Technology and Happiness
The Challenge: Seeking a Happiness Upgrade
The Strategy: Creating a Balanced New World
A Concluding Letter
Summary of Key Points
About the Author