“There has been a cycle of overuse of new information sources that we have to relearn in terms of how to interact in a healthy way, and positive psychology gives us some clues that say these are things that human beings have struggled with since the beginning of time. It’s just that the medium has changed for us and we have to reapply what we already know to be our best selves and reach our potential.” – Amy Blankson
We hear every day about how the technology available to us today erodes our happiness and stresses us out, but is it possible that we can use it to actually do the opposite? Today’s guest on Finding Brave has made it her life’s work to study this issue, and the insights she shares on this episode will encourage you to view technology in a whole new light.
The only person to receive a Point of Light from two US Presidents, my guest Amy Blankson graduated from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, and co-founded GoodThink to bring the science of happiness to life for others. Amy has since focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in artificial intelligence. Amy is a regular contributor for Forbes and author of the bestselling book The Future of Happiness.
The information that Amy shares today will inspire you to make important changes, even if they’re just small ones, to become more intentional and start regaining control and balance in your life. Ultimately, the future of happiness starts with the choices we make in the present.
Highlights from this Episode:
- What inspired Amy to do the work she does today [5:02]
- Is technology good or bad for our happiness and wellbeing? [6:35]
- What we are really getting from our use of technology [13:00]
- How to be more productive when using email [14:33]
- Something Amy is calling on organizational leaders to do right now [19:02]
- The ways thought leaders and managers can balance being responsive with setting boundaries for themselves [21:07]
- What we need to hear about the future and why we need to realize that we do have a voice [33:24]
- Considerations for the best use of social media [37:15]
For more information:
Amy’s 21-Day Email Challenges
Her Books, The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-being in the Digital Era & Ripple’s Effect (her award-winning children’s book)
Amy’s Forbes Blog
“Sometimes we find that in the midst of struggle is the very moment that people are most searching.” [5:23]
“The questions that we were beginning to get from audiences began to shift from uncertainty about the future to technological uncertainty.” [5:40]
“Any time that you’re able to get beautiful thought leadership out there to people in a way that they listen, that should be celebrated.” [13:37]
“It’s developing that discipline that is adjusting to the new era that we’re living in.” [15:54]
“The more digital etiquette you’re showing, the more it’s actually appreciated.” [19:35]
“I advocate that parents spend more time working with their young person to understand their own bodies cues about when they’ve had too much technology of certain kinds.” [27:19]
“It’s been proven to be significantly more effective for parents to co-create with their young person, rather than telling the young person what they’re going to do.” [30:14]
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