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Hacking Happy [Kindle Edition]

Dusty Phillips
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fed up with the latest and greatest time management system? You're optimizing the wrong variable! It's time to start hacking your own happiness for happier hacking.

This book motivates you to maximize your levels of happiness rather
than false incentives like efficiency or productivity. It guides you through tested psychological techniques. Each chapter is an analogy to a programming or systems administration concept to help you grok it quickly.

You'll start with unit tests for your life, then design a specification
using scrum methodology. You'll learn how to log and debug the thoughts that cause negative feelings. Various algorithms, design patterns and sysadmin tools are adapted for use in happiness hacking.

Start optimizing for happiness today!


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About the Author

Dusty Phillips is a Canadian author and software developer. He started programming at a young age, converting an ancient library book (he didn't have Internet) of Commodore 64 Basic programs into QBasic. He went through a Java phase before finally settling on Python several years ago. He completed his bachelor's degree online from Athabasca University in 2005. A master's degree specializing in Human Computer Interaction followed it in 2007. He currently works remotely as a software developer for YouGov. Dusty is well known in the Arch Linux community. He sells Arch Linux branded merchandise and maintains the print edition of the Arch Linux Handbook, now in its third version. In the past, Dusty spent two stints on the Arch Linux development team, first as documentation writer and later as a Django web developer. He also spent several years as Arch Linux forum moderator and administrator. After several successes in 2010, including the publication of his first book, Python 3 Object Oriented Programming and winning the Django Dash competition Dusty fell into a suicidal depression. Mental illness has haunted him for most of his life, but this episode was the first time he sought help. Starting with two weeks on the local psych ward, he tracked down every resource he could find on mental illness. He is now a wonderful example of positive mental health. The techniques he learned on this journey of self discovery led to the publication of this book.

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  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479245054
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AGOLLVC
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,211,627 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Simple and Practical December 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
Hacking Happy takes programming concepts and applies them to happiness in honest, simple and practical tools. It doesn't provide a "silver bullet" solution or provide all the answers. Instead it offers compassion to those who might be silently suffering and simple steps that can be taken to help improve mental well being.

I bought this book from my Kindle App on my phone, so at $8, it's a great deal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! February 22, 2013
Format:Paperback
This book is excellently written with immediate, easy to apply ideas. It is concise, humorous and to the point. Unlike most self-help books that simply re-iterate the same thing over and over again; Dusty continually builds on the initial ideas and offers multiple solutions without being redundant and condescending. Well organized and easy to reference in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and Positive January 4, 2014
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A book on happiness and escaping depression from a hacker's perspective. Full of examples and tips that a programmer will relate to.
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This book is an interesting reading although it would mostly speak to programmers or geeks.

The writing is simple with a light and humorous tone. Yet the subjects discussed in that book are serious.
I insist on the fact that the ideas presented by the author (and their comparison to IT related subjects) will only speak to people who work in IT or spend a lot of time developing.

I wish I had come to read that book earlier because it might have helped me a lot several months ago (while I was in my depression phase).

Some ideas of the book gave me some thinking material and that is what I need the most. The author feedback on his past experiences are really funny to read and interesting.

I simply want to point out a little something that annoyed me. While the author insists on the fact that the method described in the book worked *for him* (and that the reader in invited to tweak it into something that works for him) I think he does not insist on possible alternatives although some are just slightly brushed. Anything might work: colours, numbers, sketches, smileys. If you keep that in mind you while have a refreshing and helpful reading.
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Dusty Phillips is a Canadian author, blogger, programmer, and yogi. He holds a master's degree in computer science emphasizing human computer interaction. He's been toying with programming ever since accidentally inserting a comma into a Q-BASIC program (NIBBLES.BAS) and eventually debugging it so he could continue playing his favourite game. Today he's got more Python interpreters on his laptop than he can count and is constantly experimenting with new technologies.

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