John C. Havens, Founder and Executive Director for The H(app)athon Project has written a Hacking H(app)iness - Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World. Focusing on issues including BeyondGDP, emerging technology, and positive psychology, the book includes a great deal of research about GNH issues and features interviews with Laura Musikanski of The Happiness Initiative, Jon Hall of UNDP, and John Heliwell, co-editor of The World Happiness Report among others.
Here's a description of the book:
Sensors in your smartphone can measure your location, physical activity, stress levels, and dozens of other attributes that serve as a proxy for emotions. While marketers are using this data to analyze consumer behavior, other organizations track people’s lives to understand what brings them intrinsic happiness and optimized wellbeing.
Focusing on themes of personal data and identity, Hacking H(app)iness explores the intersection of emerging media, positive psychology and economic "happiness indicators” as a call for people to take the measure of their lives based on worth versus wealth - if you want your life to count, you have to take a count of your life.
John is currently working on a second book in the series (both from Tarcher/Penguin), called Happinomics, and will be leading a workshop and a session on data at the GNH conference in a few months.
About the H(app)athon Project Description
The H(app)athon Project helps people identify and track their values as a way to measure what makes their life count. Based on data collected from mobile surveys and passive data, users are provided with a volunteer recommendation based on their results. The science of positive psychology shows that living to your values and being altruistic increases intrinsic wellbeing, which is why the H(app)athon Project is 'connecting happiness to action' and has partnered with the city of Reading, PA to pilot their workshop/survey platform in early 2014.
John C. Havens is a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, www.johnchavens.com). He is also the Founder and Executive Director of The H(app)athon Project and is working on his second book for Penguin, Happinomics, to be released in 2015.
A former EVP for a top-ten global PR firm and ongoing marketing/PR consultant, he has counseled clients like Gillette, HP, and P&G on emerging and social media issues, and has been quoted on issues relating to technology, business, and well-being by USA Today, Fast Company, BBC News, Mashable, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Forbes, INC, PR Week, and Advertising Age. Havens was also a professional actor in New York City for over 15 years, appearing in principal roles on Broadway, television, and film.