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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this engaging and thoroughly researched book, Amy Blankson takes on the difficult task of evaluating how the incredible growth in technology can help or hinder us on our path to more happiness. She integrates it with over a decade of her own experience as a top positive psychology leader and consultant, so the book is full of practical tools and life hacks that you can immediately pull into your life. I highly recommend you get a copy! By digging into how technology integrates with all key components of the busy modern life -- our relationships, parenting, work and communities -- Amy gives some wonderful guidelines for when and how to embrace technology for our own good. And she gives us important guideposts to notice when technology is taking us to places that don’t support our happiness or the life we want to live. Customized for you Books written about technology often come from a black-and-white view that technology is either destroying society as we know it or making our lives into a modern utopia. Amy takes a much more thoughtful and nuanced approach. Throughout the book, she is sensitive to the fact that we all come to our happiness and technology use from different places, with different values and desires. Rather than be dogmatic, she provides the reader with ideas on how to optimize tools that fit for YOUR life and let go of the those technologies that don’t serve you. The most valuable part for me There is so much cool stuff here, I’m sure you will find your own favorite tools. The book helped me check in on my own technology habits and recognize how often I let my phone and my web use control me. I am too responsive to the constant pinging of my phone rather than choosing how I use technology. Here are some of Amy’s life hacks that I found most valuable: • Turn off phone notifications. Getting an email, tweet or news headline is NEVER an emergency in my life. Yet my notifications mean I check my phone every time a new one comes in. In the three days since I shut those off, I’ve found I simply have more time for my work, my family and myself. And Amy shares the extensive research in the book about how these constant disruptions kill our productivity and hurt our relationships • Hide your phone. “Wait. What? Hide my phone? But that’s my connection to everything.” OK, this one is a lot harder for me. But the couple times I’ve simply left it in another room in the house have been freeing. Just seeing my phone sitting on my desk calls to me to pick it up. This is especially true when I’m trying to do something challenging for me (like, say, writing this post...). It’s so much easier to stay focused when I don’t see the phone (and the endless distractions it can provide). • Limit your email checks (or Facebook or newsfeed checks...). Amy recommends checking email just 3 times or less on weekend days. I want to try this, especially now that my notifications are off. The idea of being able to consolidate all those hours of email reading and responding could give me another hour or two to do the things I enjoy every day. And while she admits it would be harder for most of us to do this at work, she does suggest defining work periods for an hour or two where you step away from email to focus on important projects. That sounds pretty awesome to me! And so much more And there is SO MUCH MORE that Amy does with the book. She talks about how we can use technology to support developing new happiness habit