Hacking Happiness

Hacking Happiness : How to Intentionally Adapt and Shape the Future You Want

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Learn to love uncertainty-and shape the future you want

You have a successful life; a professional career, nice home, maybe kids or even a dog, so why are you so damn unhappy? Spread so thin at work, nothing gets the attention it needs; tasked with leading others through rapid change, you're not sure where you're heading yourself. Disruptive technology, catastrophic global events and increasing mental health problems means your secure and linear pathway to happiness no longer exists.

Success today is not about the perfect plan to achieve more, manage change and mitigate risk. Our brave new world is calling us to throw out any rulebook and leap into what we fear most-the unknown.

That's exactly what Penny Locaso did when she turned her life upside-down to tackle our happiness-deficit problem. She emerged as the world's first Happiness Hacker and the inventor of the Intentional Adaptability Quotient (R): a quantifiable method for individuals and organisations to become more skillful at, and even relish, adapting to rapid change.

Welcomed by business leaders worldwide, IAQ (R) catapulted Penny to prominence as a TedX Talk star and faculty member at the acclaimed Singularity University by showing that in our highly disruptive present we must embrace instability and complexity to achieve clarity, purpose, and the sense of meaning that brings real joy.

Learn how experimentation, danger, and even failure are crucial to happiness and success
Take courage and focus on what you're avoiding, not what you're missing
Reskill yourself and others to accept-and even enjoy-uncertainty
Explore your IAQ (R): focus, courage, curiosity, accountability, connection, experimentation and reflection

This book is an opportunity to look at work and the world through a new lens and see that by surfing on the edges of our comfort zone we-professionals, leaders, everyone-can intentionally adapt to create a successful and fulfilling future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 18mm | 360g
  • Australia
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0730384993
  • 9780730384991
  • 895,557

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'Penny Locaso pulls no punches to deliver hard-hitting insights for living a more fulfilling life.'
Nir Eyal, best-selling author of Hooked and Indistractable

'The world is waking up: we have to change and do things differently. Penny's fearless approach to life, combined with the stories and insights of others she shares, is exactly what we need now. The time to reinvent yourself is here.'
Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and executive education faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

You strive for success. Great! But is it making you happy?

There is no such thing as a perfect plan to achieve more, manage change and find true happiness. Hacking Happiness challenges you to throw out the rulebook and leap into what we fear most -- the unknown ...

Author Penny Locaso reveals how to bring happiness back to your life and build a solid foundation on which to innovate and thrive in disruption. Through activities and powerful learning and assessment tools, this essential guidebook will help you find growth, success and ultimately happiness in an uncertain future.

Learn how to: redefine success and infuse more of it into your daily life develop a mindset that is open to change and instability increase your focus while living in a world filled with distractions find the courage and confidence to face fear and shape change intensify human connection, self-accountability, and reflection.

Hacking Happiness is an opportunity to look at the world through a new lens and see that it's by surfing on the edges of our comfort zone that we -- professionals, leaders, everyone -- can intentionally adapt to create a successful and fulfilling future.
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Table of contents

About the author vii

Gratitude ix

Introduction xi

How to maximise your journey xix

Part I - The Happiness Poverty Problem 1

1. Why success is a shit sandwich 3

2. Screw the plan; embrace the uncertainty 21

3. From reacting to adapting 33

Part II - Hack Your Happiness 51

IAQ Skill 1 - Focus 53

4. Focus: Busy = Bullshit 55

5. Focus: From doing to being 79

IAQ Skill 2 - Courage 107

6. Courage: Fear is your future 109

7. Courage: Brave discomfort to shape change 131

IAQ Skill 3 - Curiosity 149

8. Curiosity: Embrace the unknown 151

9. Curiosity: To be, not to do 169

Perfection doesn't live here, practice does 197

Continue your hacking happiness journey 201

Resources 203

Index 207
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About Penny Locaso

PENNY LOCASO is one of the most influential female entrepreneurs in Australia and the creator of the world's first educational program and measurement tool designed to humanise the future, the Intentional Adaptability Quotient (R). Penny is the world's first Happiness Hacker and is a faculty member at Singularity University and an acclaimed TEDx and keynote speaker.
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