Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet the ubiquity of smartphones and Internet access also coincides with historically high levels of depression and life dissatisfaction. With an ever increasing rate of tech innovations hitting the market, researchers are turning attention to a crucial question: Will we continue to see declines in physical, emotional, and mental health due to our current ways of using technology or can we use new strategies to harness technology to improve our happiness and wellbeing? In this talk, Amy Blankson shares simple, scientifically-proven, and practical lifehacks to increase performance and wellbeing in the Digital Era.
The average mobile user checks their phones more than 150 times per day, and 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. Mindful attention is a scarce resource. As one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and technology, Amy Blankson unveils five strategies that successful individuals use to find a sense of balance between technology, productivity, and wellbeing in the Digital Age. In this talk, you will learn how to move from partial attention to full intention, how to hack your distractions to achieve maximum productivity and life satisfaction, and how to rid yourself of the tech graveyard in your office drawers to create more mental and physical space to do the things you love. By rethinking when, where, why and how we use technology, we can begin to recapture our focus, deepen engagement, and find flow in our everyday activities and relationships.
The greatest predictor of long-term levels of happiness is social connection. In this regard, technology either works for us or against. While some complain how technology is eroding the fabric of our society, recent studies show that it—and specifically social networking–can actually increase meaningful connections by helping to reinforce strong ties, facilitate collisionable hours, identify your tribe, and even strengthen your resolve in starting positive habits. In this talk, one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and technology Amy Blankson explains how we can shift from a world of inattention to one of full intention to create the type of deep meaningful connections that facilitate our growth and happiness.
Happiness is the greatest competitive advantage in the modern economy, yet so often it is seen as a luxury at work. However, a decade of research shows that training your brain to be positive at work actually fuels greater success. In fact, 75% of our job success is predicted not by intelligence, but by your optimism, social support network and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. It is time to get strategic about how we can raise happiness levels at our organizations to empower teams to reach their full potential.
Amy draws on her unique business experience as the Co-founder of GoodThink to empower teams that happiness is a choice, happiness is a habit, and happiness spreads. She explains what positive psychology is, how much we can change, and gives practical strategies for reaping the Happiness Advantage in the midst of change and challenge.