Book Review: Technology of Joy


Book Review: Technology of Joy
 

I heard a fascinating radio interview with Jonathan Robinson, author of The Technology of Joy, and promply decided to buy his book. It's a good thing I heard the interview. If I were to judge this book by it's cover, I probably would not have bought it (the chakra colors and a smiley face in the "o" of joy won't win it any design awards). 

Robinson describes 101 gadgets, apps, tools, supplements to "bring more delight in your life." With a claim like that, who could resist? His writes in a conversational style. He's unpretentious or preachy and he doesn't hesitate to admit he found some of the modalities weird at first. There are certainly some that will promptly elicit an eye roll, such as the orgone blanket. Developed by a Dr. Reich, a student of Sigmund Freud, the wool and steel wool blanket, it is said to amplify the living energy within the body. Fortunately, many "technologies" don't require a suspension of disbelief and cost little or no money. 

This is the perfect time of the year to read this book. A lot of people feel blue or stressed during the holidays and out of 101 technologies, there's at least one thing we can all use to enhance our joy, energy and inner peace.