HBR: 4 Ways to Help Your Team Avoid Digital Distraction

HBR: 4 Ways to Help Your Team Avoid Digital Distraction Published by Amy Blankson, July 12, 2019 In our always-on culture, employers expect workers to be reachable and responsive at all times. However, research shows that constant connectivity may be counterproductive when it comes to engagement and productivity levels. Today’s smartphone users check their phones 150 times a…

FORBES: Why Collaboration Is The Currency Of The Future

Why Collaboration Is The Currency Of The Future When you think about the currency of the future, e-currency and bitcoin immediately come to mind.But I’ve come to believe that there is another form of currency that will be even more valuable: collaboration. This profound statement has fundamentally changed my understanding of what it means to…

The Second Digital Divide is Coming – Here’s What We Can Do About It

The Second Digital Divide is Coming – Here’s What We Can Do About It A new digital divide is emerging and it is shaping the future in profound ways. Are you ready? Do you ever feel like you are trapped by your own devices? Last year, a news story broke when a service technician literally got…

How to Use Technology to Decrease Your Anxiety

How to Use Technology to Decrease Your Anxiety Leverage wearables, gadgets and apps to raise your consciousness and learn new coping strategies Until recently, I hid the fact that I struggle with anxiety. I am a happiness researcher, so I tried to stick to the facts about increasing happiness, regardless of the obstacles in our…

Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent A Movement to Align Technology with Our Humanity Technology intersects with our lives constantly, shaping not only our health but also our livelihood. Despite wonderful intentions, in many ways the technological revolution has left us more fragmented and insecure. Software and IT experts have never been busier as they seek to find…

Maximize Your Potential Through Lifelogging

Maximize Your Potential Through Lifelogging “If you cannot measure it, you cannot control it” — a famous quote from mathematical physicist, and engineer Lord Kelvin. “If you cannot measure it, you cannot control it” — a famous quote from mathematical physicist, and engineer Lord Kelvin. He was a brilliant man who proposed the absolute temperature scale which…

The 5 Step Digital Declutter

The 5 Step Digital Declutter How to regain control of your life by dealing with your tech graveyard You are having a great day — productive yet carefree, until you open your desk drawer to put something away and glimpse what appears to be a nest of black snakes interwoven with flecks of silver. The snakes morph…

How To Positively Embrace Technology To Fuel Your Success

How To Positively Embrace Technology To Fuel Your Success Learn when to fuse new tech into your life and when to lose it Technology is constantly evolving as a means to increase our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet despite the fact that we can now get more work down in less time, communicate simultaneously with…

5 Strategies For Setting Digital Boundaries

5 Strategies For Setting Digital Boundaries Learn how to manage your digital life, not simply manage to get by What’s the first thing you see each morning and the last thing you see before you fall asleep at night? Is it the face of your loved ones, a book, or the icy glow of an…

How Technology Can Affect Our Happiness

How Technology Can Affect Our Happiness Navigating the mixed messages about technology and health to find a way forward In recent months, I have seen a growing number of posts discussing how bad technology is for our well-being. It is blamed for social isolation, disconnection, and corruption (to name a few). On the other hand,…

Limit Digital Distractions to Promote Productivity

Limit Digital Distractions to Promote Productivity Reclaiming our attention through intention Did you know that the average attention span of a human has officially dropped below that of a goldfish? Yes, the frequently mocked unintelligent goldfish has an attention span of a brief nine-seconds, while ours now averages at an even briefer, eight. Admittedly this…

Keeping Our Humanity in a Robotic World

Keeping Our Humanity in a Robotic World Strategies for Thriving in the Digital Age    Have you ever seen The Matrix, Terminator, Minority Report or Ex Machina? All of these movies have one thing in common: they focus on the concept of transhumanism—the idea that technological innovation can help us surpass our human limitations and…

Meditation for Busy Humans

Meditation for Busy Humans A New Approach to Mindful Living in the Digital Era A few years ago, if you had asked me to make a character sketch of an individual who knew how to thrive in the Digital Era, I would likely have described someone who lived an ascetic lifestyle—a life of self-discipline and…

Is It Possible To Have Ambition And Balance?

Is It Possible To Have Ambition And Balance? How Mindful Leadership in the Digital Era Paves the Path for Long-term Happiness and Success Jeanne Robb, Director of Global Corporate Events at Cisco, started her career like many of us–with a rejection. She had always dreamed of becoming a physical therapist, but after receiving a B-…

How to Increase Empathy in the Digital Era

How to Increase Empathy in the Digital Era These apps and websites make it easy to spread positivity online. In the last five years, cyber-bullying has seen a drastic increase, leaving parents, teachers and communities concerned. Online communication has created a space for people to openly speak their minds, which means they can vent anonymously…

Limit Digital Distractions to Promote Productivity

Limit Digital Distractions to Promote Productivity Thrive Global, Amy Blankson October 24, 2017 Did you know that the average attention span of a human has officially dropped below that of a goldfish? Yes, the frequently mocked unintelligent goldfish has an attention span of a brief nine-seconds, while ours now averages at an even briefer, eight. Admittedly this…

5 Wearable Tech Devices That Increase Emotional Awareness

5 Wearable Tech Devices That Increase Emotional Awareness Live Happy, Amy Blankson August 19, 2017 New wellness trackers keep us in touch with our moods and more. In ancient Greece, philosophers believed so strongly that self-knowledge was the key to human potential that they inscribed the phrase “Know Thyself” onto the sacred Temple of Apollo.…

How Technology Can Affect Our Happiness

How Technology Can Affect Our Happiness Thrive Global, Amy Blankson August 15, 2017 In recent months, I have seen a growing number of posts discussing how bad technology is for our well-being. It is blamed for social isolation, disconnection, and corruption (to name a few). On the other hand, I’ve also heard and seen firsthand…

5 Strategies to Increase Focus in the Digital Era

5 Strategies to Increase Focus in the Digital Era Thrive Global, Amy Blankson August 14, 2017 Did you know that the average attention span of a human has officially dropped below that of a goldfish? Yes, the frequently mocked unintelligent goldfish has an attention span of a brief nine-seconds, while ours now averages at an even…

Happiness in the Digital Age: How to Create a Habitat for Happiness in the Digital Age

Happiness in the Digital Age: How to Create a Habitat for Happiness in the Digital Age Purpose Fairy, Amy Blankson August 8, 2017 It’s almost incomprehensible to think about the level of distraction our technology has given us over the last 20 years. The average person checks his or her phone 150 times every day.…

How to Use Technology as a Mirror, Not a Screen

How to Use Technology as a Mirror, Not a Screen The Emotion Machine, Amy Blankson August 1, 2017 Since the times of ancient Greece, philosophers, religious leaders and authors have strongly believed that self-knowledge was the key to human potential. They have posed questions you most likely remember studying in your freshman year philosophy class:…

Use Lifelogging to Maximize Your Potential

Use Lifelogging to Maximize Your Potential Live Happy, Amy Blankson June 23, 2017 Why should corporations be the only ones to profit from your information? For many of us, the intrusion of “Big Data” into our lives is truly frightening. It means someone (some company) is out there tracking information about us and using it for…

Resilience in the Face of Tech Mishaps

Resilience in the Face of Tech Mishaps Thrive Global, Amy Blankson June 21, 2017 While I was still in Business School, I landed a summer internship with the United Way in Gulfport, where I was tasked with helping to update the organization’s infrastructure. My team and I worked tirelessly throughout the summer developing new systems for…

Managing Distraction in the Digital Era

Managing Distractions in the Digital Era Great Leadership by Dan, Amy Blankson June 8, 2017 In 2013, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reported that the average attention span of a human has dropped to a mere eight seconds, one second behind that of a goldfish. Why does this matter? Distraction in the digital era has…

Today, we have a unique opportunity to become digitally-enhanced optimists, using technology to fuel greater levels of happiness and meaning within our lives. HAPPY TECH focuses on how we can not just survive—but to actually thrive—in the Digital Age.

By rethinking when, where, why and how we use technology, not only are we able to influence our own wellbeing but we’re also able to help proactively shape the future of our communities.

Amy Blankson is co-founder of GoodThink and author ofThe Future of Happiness, to be released spring 2017.