"The Cure for Unhappiness in the Modern Age"
- Charlie Hoehn, Author, TED Speaker
- Jack Phillips, President, The Int'l Society for Performance Improvement
"Clear, Engaging, and Entertaining"
- Claire Gillman, Author, Write Fantastic Non-Fiction
From Depressed Workaholic to "The Malcolm Gladwell of Joy"
After college, I jumped on the bandwagon to the American Dream. Great job, cool car, big bucks. But soon I felt exhausted, numb, miserable. I became a soulless automaton at work, and just before my 24th birthday, I was diagnosed with clinical depression.
I'll never forget the day my psychiatrist cut me off, mid-sentence, to prescribe me 5 milligrams of Wellbutrin.
But when I discovered that America's antidepressant use has gone up 400% since 1988, and we're not getting any happier, I flushed my pills down the drain and challenged myself to find happiness naturally.
Then, I discovered Positive Psychology - the study of happiness - and absolutely ate it up. Using underreported discoveries from Harvard, Yale, Emory, and other top institutions, I changed the way I think about happiness and made subtle lifestyle changes.
Within 6 months, I was the happiest I'd ever been in my life.
But I wasn't done. I wanted to fully understand what it meant to be happy in the modern age, so I traveled across America, then the world, interviewing Millennials from 31 countries about the best ways to build happy, successful lives.
I combined their stories with the most impactful happiness science into my first book, The Millennial's Guide to Making Happiness, a book that's already been called "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People of the Millennial Generation." I myself have been called "The Dr. Phil of Millennials" and "The Malcolm Gladwell of Happiness."