Amy Blankson

Research Focus: Technology, Productivity, and Well-being

Co-founder GoodThink, Presidential Point of Light, Award-winning Author
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Amy Blankson

Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton).  She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future.  Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management.  In 2007, Amy co-founded GoodThink to bring the science of happiness to life for organizations and individuals. Amy brings both passion and practicality to GoodThink. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determine how to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change. She serves as a Visioneer for the Xprize Foundation for Personal Health, and was a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Amy is the author of two books: Ripple’s Effect and The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies to Balance Productivity and Well-being in the Digital Era (Spring, 2017).

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Sample Topics

Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet the proliferation of smartphones and Internet access also coincides with historically high levels of depression and life dissatisfaction. As the speed of innovation increases, researchers are turning attention to a crucial question: Will we continue to see declines in physical, emotional, and mental health due to our current use of technology, or can we use new strategies to harness technology and improve 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.

What People Are Saying

“She was absolutely FANTASTIC to have!  Our nurses have more positive, outgoing, and passionate about patient care since her chat today.  We are extremely grateful to have had the pleasure of working with Amy and having her speak to our nurses. Our entire leadership team had a wonderful experience as well.  We are just so very grateful to have had the opportunity to hear Amy speak.  Thank you, thank you, we can’t thank you enough!”

— Dignity Health

“Amy’s keynote at the Entrepreneur’s Organization Conference “One Level Up” (Munich, September 2016) delivered phenomenal take-home value for our participants. She played an integral role in our vision to create a very special learning event tailored on personality development – and allowed our member entrepreneurs to better understand how to actively influence their happiness and lead a better life. The scientific findings about positive psychology helped to understand “why” happiness is not just a genetic predisposition – and the daily habits provided the specific tools needed to transform one’s life.

Entrepreneur’s Organization

“Amy gave an inspirational presentation to our legal team and SPLC leadership, leaving everyone fabulously energized and ready to make a choice for happiness.”

Southern Poverty Law Center

Book: The Future of Happiness (Spring 2017)

Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet 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 important 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 become digitally-enhanced optimists, using technology to fuel greater levels of happiness and meaning within our lives.  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. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to move from partial attention to full intention; when to fuse it [new tech] or lose it; 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 also able to help proactively shape the future of our communities.

Book: Ripple’s Effect

It takes big actions to make big changes. Or does it? In Ripple’s Effect, residents of an aquarium learn that sometimes a smile is all it takes to make a world of difference. Awash with charming illustrations, this delightful tale will show children that happiness is a choice they get to make for themselves. Recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award and digital bestseller on Amazon Kindle for Children’s Books. Read more…