The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era (Hardcover)
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.
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.
"Too often, the concept of personal happiness is left out of discussions about technology and the future of our world. The Future of Happiness is a timely reminder about the importance of happiness, meaning, and our fragile, promising selves."
Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
"The Future of Happiness gave me tactical tips in the first few minutes and a genuinely happier life by the end. In an age of endless interruptions, this book couldn't have arrived at a better time."
Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome
"Volumes have been written about how bad technology can be for us, but Amy Blankson is the first author I've seen to lay out a simple, achievable path to explain how to stay grounded and balanced in the digital era."
Laszlo Bock, former head of people operations at Google and bestselling author of Work Rules!
"Rather than fighting against the digital movement, we need higher-level help to harness it for our greatest joy, success, connection, and fulfillment. Amy's book is the perfect pathway to thisoffering amazing new strategies to help us access more joy and meaning while at the same time leveraging the power of technology to enhance and enrich our lives."
Kathy Caprino, MA, "Brave Up" writer, speaker, coach, and leadership developer
"Sometimes innovation doesn't have to be a brand-new technology, but a segment clearly redefined that can lead to greater well-being. I am so happy to see Amy address the link between technology and happiness. This book is long overdue for both professionals and parents, and I'm sure will be wonderfully received globally."
John Stix, public speaker and founder of KidsWifi