Fostering Well-Being in a Digital World
These days, we’ve become so attached to our digital gadgets, websites, and apps that it’s easy to lose sight of a fundamental question: aside from the immediate rewards they provide, are they really making us happier? Many studies have illustrated the potential toxic effects of technology on our happiness. But with some minor tweaks, we can change our relationship with technology to foster greater health and well-being. This workshop will draw from positive psychology, cutting-edge neuroscience, and recent research on the power of technology. You’ll discover how to:
- Identify key practices, such as genuine connection, gratitude, and mindfulness, that can increase lasting happiness and well-being
- Apply a positive psychology perspective as a guide to a more enlightened use of technology
- Implement easy-to-use strategies, such as limiting screen time, taking an occasional technology fast, and emphasizing the sharing of positive experiences, to enhance happiness and fulfillment
Jonah Paquette, PsyD, works for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he is the director of clinical training for a postdoctoral residency program. He’s the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being.