How to Use Technology To Find True Happiness in 2017

Interview with GoodThink Founder & Presidential Point of Light, Amy Blankson

Amy is one of the world's leading experts on the connection between positive psychology and technology. She is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President George H. W. Bush & President Bill Clinton) for creating a movement to activate positive culture change. 

Amy received her BA from Harvard & MBA from Yale School of Management. In 2007, she co-founded GoodThink with her brother Shawn Achor to bring the science of happiness to life for organizations and individuals. 

In addition to serving as a Visioneer for the Xprize foundation for Personal Health, Amy also authored two books: Ripple's Effect & The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies to Balance Productivity & Well-being in the Digital Era.

To learn more you can visit her website,

During the interview we spoke how Amy started studying happiness, the top ways to use technology to live a more fulfilled life, as well as the top skills for success in 2017.  Amy talks about why it's important to be a digital minimalist and why you're more productive when you keep your phone out of your line of sight. 

This conversation was an absolute blast and it's easy to see why she has dedicated her life to the study of happiness. In today's fast paced, digital era Amy has found the secret to leveraging technological advances, apps, & gadgets, in a way that helps us be more productive, while keeping our sanity and boosting our happiness.

Finally, you can jump to your favorite sections of the interview by clicking the timestamps below. Enjoy :)​

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[The iPhone] has fundamentally changed how we interact on a social, work, & relationship level... People want to know how to set up boundaries for themselves and their children. Happiness has become uniquely intertwined with technology for our personal and professional development."

Amy Blankson
GoodThink Co-Founder, Author, & Speaker

Wanna Skip Ahead? That's Totally Fine...

1:20... Who is Amy Blankson?
2:40... How did you begin studying the science of happiness?
5:50... The co-evolution of technology & happiness
9:00... Must have apps...Realizd/Quality Time
11:20... How to balance internet screentime and boundaries with children
15:00... What is a digital minimalist?
16:45... Why you should keep your phone out of your line of sight
17:50... Top two ways to use technology for more happiness
22:55... Do you muse? You should!
24:10... 3 skills for success in 2017
26:45... Who is an inspiration to you?
29:50... Book recommendations {Deep Work-Cal Newport}
30:30... If you could have a conversation with anyone
33:40... What's new in the GoodThink world?
36:20... Final words of wisdom

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