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The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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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
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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 habits. She lays out tons of great phone apps and websites that can help us foster more gratitude, take mindfulness breaks and connect more with the people around us. She discusses how we can use technology to better understand ourselves -- to track how we spend our time and energy, our sleep habits, our exercise and a million other things that help us know who we are and what we do.
She has a whole chapter on how we can set up technology in our homes and our workspaces to enable us to be happier, more productive and more connected to one another.
And all of this comes in a package that is full of entertaining and heart-warming stories that keep you engaged and wanting to learn more.
I highly recommend you get a copy of this book and take the time to give it a good read!
This is a brilliant book. It reads easy because I believe that Amy actually believes in what she's writing, and her authenticity draws you in from Chapter One. This is one of the first times I've read a non-fiction book as a "page turner." It's a fun read: I learned about a ton of useful apps and devices. I'm more engaged socially with and without technology. And I've been thinking more creatively of ways to use tech to enrich my local community.
I'm a better husband and a better parent. I'm a better employee and a better friend. And...I'm a better "me." Through the use of wearables, I take better care of my body, reaping the benefits of "knowing myself." Thank you Amy for increasing my well-being and mindfulness when it comes to technology!
Essentially - the book provides an examination of how tech can help and hinder the pursuit of happiness. I didn't agree with every conclusion Ms. Blankson arrived at, though I did feel engaged to consider the options. As such - the book was a great tool for provocative thought.
It's a good companion read for various books on technology and/or the pursuit of happiness. It may help you reflect and choose your path more deliberately rather than merely fall into the ruts that technology can facilitate.
As I finished it -- I wondered about whether such books existed for each major tech explosion over the years (advent of telephone, television, automobiles, etc.).
I'll be looking forward to Ms. Blankson's next book.
Her "innovate consciously" strategy was a welcome surprise of the promise of a better world through tech, with stunning new ways to offer service to others and contribute to the greater good.
I enjoy her warm, conversational writing style and am grateful to benefit from her many years of research.