Arthur Goldwag wrote a really insightful and positive review of Hacking H(app)iness on the website Rewire Me. While he admits to being troubled by aspects of what I propose in the book regarding technology that can track us, he does welcome the idea that these tools could help us focus more on wellbeing than on just measuring wealth. Here's my favorite quote of his from the review:
I would love to live in a world in which communities are stronger and corporations less exploitative, in which technology becomes a positive force for good. But what really inspires me is a vision of people unhooking their devices and attending to the people they interact with—listening, really listening to “the still small voice” that no electronic sensor is subtle enough to hear.
Goldwag also ended the piece by saying, "Havens confesses that he once planned on going to seminary and becoming a minister. In a very real way, he has." I thought that was pretty cool. I do love to speak in front of peopel, and am pretty evangelistic about people protecting their personal data. And more and more, I'm starting to feel that a lot of technology has driven us away from seeking a higher power, whether that be inside of us or external. More on that later, especially as I work to research my next book, Happinomics.