The Future of Happiness

The proliferation of smartphones and the Internet also coincides with historically high levels of depression and life dissatisfaction. As the speed of innovation only seems to be increasing, researchers are turning attention to one of the most increasingly vital questions of our time:  will we continue to see declines in physical, emotional, and mental health due to our current use of technology, or can we harness technology by using new strategies to actually raise happiness, wellbeing and deep connection?

Instead of technology getting in the way of happiness, we have a unique opportunity to use tech to fuel greater levels of greater levels of happiness and meaning within our lives. We can become digitally-enhanced optimists.

In The Future of Happiness, author Amy Blankson, Harvard graduate, Yale MBA, and co-founder of the global positive psychology consulting firm GoodThink, unveils five strategies that successful individuals use to not just survive—but to actually thrive—in the Digital Age.

Get practical actionable strategies and lifehacks for how to:

  • move from partial attention to full intention;
  • know when to fuse it [new tech] or lose it;
  • learn how to hack your distractions to achieve maximum productivity and life satisfaction;
  • and even how to finally get rid 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, not only are we able to influence our own wellbeing but also we’re able to take an active role in shaping the future of our communities.

Ripple’s Effect

Can you really make a difference with something as small as a smile?

Ripple, the new dolphin at the aquarium, is surprised that no one will play with her. She soon finds out that everyone is scared to have fun because of Snark and his shiver of sharks. Even Ripple is intimidated by their bullying, at first. But when Ripple’s trainer reminds her that happiness is a choice, and that we can each make the world a better place because of who we choose to be, Ripple chooses to have fun and challenges Snark to a staring competition. If Ripple makes Snark smile, she wins and everyone gets to play. If not, Snark’s no-fun rules will rule.  Will Ripple’s smile be enough to save the day?

Awash with charming illustrations, this delightful tale introduces children to the basics of positive psychology and shows them that happiness is a choice that they make for themselves. Ripple’s Effect is published by Little Pickle Press, which means it is printed on recycled paper with soy ink and is available digitally as well. There are lesson plans available for teachers and homeschooling parents to accompany the book.