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 it doesn't have to be that way. Technology can drive - not diminish - human happiness.
Our brains receive 11 million bits of information every second but can only process 40 bits at any given time. Thanks to the latest technology, you have a say in what information you consume. We now have the tools to train our brains to scan the world for the positive, trumping our genes and our environment to reach our full potential.
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.
In The Future of Happiness, author Amy Blankson, cofounder of the global positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, unveils five strategies that successful individuals can use to not just survive but to actually thrive in the Digital Age:
- Stay grounded to focus and channel your energy with intention
- 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 and places in which you live, work, and learn
- Be a conscious innovator to actively shape your future
What members say
A pleasant listen, but messy "how to"
I enjoyed listening to this while driving back and forth to work. Amy is a very pleasant narrator, and is super passionate about her content. There were innumerable tips on streamlining your use of tech, to improve the simplicity and happiness in your life. Unfortunately it's divided in 5 chapters with each having innumerable steps to attend to. In an audio book, you can't keep track of all of this. I wish there were three, Snappy, clear and big takeaways that I could share with others. But the content is far too nuanced and detailed. I don't really feel like I have solid takeaways.
Nevertheless, I will tell readers that she advises you set your intention of why you have your phone. Download a phone monitoring app to show you how much you're using it and where. I am really liking this. So the book was definitely worthwhile for me. But too detailed and nuanced.
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- Anonymous User
Really interesting and not at all boring. When you really focus, you realise.just how important the book is with all of its truthful facts and amazing vocab. Im only 11 and i'm still head over heals in love with it💞💗😍💖😄
Thank you ^^ i enjoyed the book. (:
Good call for action to find balance and happiness that does not come from getting the next version of the gadget (: I recommend to listen to it multiple times