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August 04, 2009


If you're interested in a new approach to boost your happiness based on the latest positive psychology research, check out our iPhone app: Live Happy (there’s also a Free Trial version); it's based on the work of Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness" and provides a unique method to create a personalized program to increase your happiness.

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Re: David's comment, I just cannot take seriously the idea of an iPhone application designed to boost a user's happiness.

Anyway, my favorite author, David Mitchell, lived in Japan for a number of years and wrote this essay about it. Mitchell's experience of foreignness sounds a lot like Iyer's experience of technological isolation.

Thanks Joe, for the David Mitchell essay. He, I think says it even better than Pico Iyer.

As an Asian with some affinity for the social/ religious customs of Japan, my cultural isolation is not as complete as Mitchell's. But still I very much identify with the "lack of belonging" that he mentions. That, and the utter reliability of how things run in Japan make for a predictable rhythm of life which I think contributes to the perception of detachment and peace. Note that I too have mentioned the feeling of isolation from outside chatter.

Thanks a lot for posting such type of informative blog.

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