Hacking Happy

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About the author:
Dusty Phillips is a Canadian author and software developer. He started programming at a young age, converting an ancient library book (he didn't have Internet) of Commodore 64 Basic programs into QBasic. He went through a Java phase before finally settling on Python several years ago. He completed his bachelor's degree online from Athabasca University in 2005. A master's degree specializing in Human Computer Interaction followed it in 2007. He currently works remotely as a software developer for YouGov.

Dusty is well known in the Arch Linux community. He sells Arch Linux branded merchandise and maintains the print edition of the Arch Linux Handbook, now in its third version. In the past, Dusty spent two stints on the Arch Linux development team, first as documentation writer and later as a Django web developer. He also spent several years as Arch Linux forum moderator and administrator.

After several successes in 2010, including the publication of his first book, Python 3 Object Oriented Programming and winning the Django Dash competition Dusty fell into a suicidal depression. Mental illness has haunted him for most of his life, but this episode was the first time he sought help. Starting with two weeks on the local psych ward, he tracked down every resource he could find on mental illness. He is now a wonderful example of positive mental health. The techniques he learned on this journey of self discovery led to the publication of this book.

Hacking Happy

Authored by Dusty Phillips

Fed up with the latest and greatest time management system?

You're optimizing the wrong variable.

It's time to start hacking your own happiness for happier hacking.

This book will motivate you to maximize your levels of happiness rather
than false incentives like efficiency or productivity. It guides you
through tested psychological techniques. Each chapter is an analogy to a
programming or systems administration concept to help you grok it quickly.

You'll start with unit tests for your life, then design a specification
using scrum methodology. You'll learn how to log and debug the thoughts
that cause negative feelings. Various algorithms, design patterns and
sysadmin tools are adapted for use in happiness hacking.

Start optimizing for happiness today!

Publication Date:
1479245054 / 9781479245055
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.06" x 7.81"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness

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