Javy W. Galindo Press Kit

Below is the press kit for Javy W. Galindo. This press kit is specifically designed for the promotion of Javy’s lastest book, Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails. For information specifically pertaining to Javy’s earlier work, The Power of Thinking Differently, please visit his Creative Thinking Press Kit. If you are in need of information not presented below, please contact Javy directly.



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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Enlightened Hyena Press (June 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984223940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984223947

Shortform Description: It all began when Vickay sent a professor an email, containing a simple question, asked at the right time: “How can I be happier?” Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails is the answer to that question. Through these seven emails, the professor shares three key concepts and four critical skills for living a happy life. More than a collection of emails or an introductory textbook to positive psychology, Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails is an inspirational, thought-provoking guide to the science of happiness and to a life well lived.

Longform Description & Additional Information: For more information including the longform book description, testimonials, and detailed publishing and distribution information, download the following Fact Sheet.

Javy W. Galindo Media Biography 

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Javy Wong Galindo, M.A, M.Eng, is an author, public speaker, trail running enthusiast, semi-retired jazz vocalist, and popular college professor in Northern California. He currently teaches courses in philosophy, humanities, and psychology at John F. Kennedy University, West Valley College, and De Anza College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley.  He is a proud member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, the Western Positive Psychology Association, and the Peninsula Trail Running group.

Professor Galindo’s career path has been an unconventional one that began as a San Diego high school music instructor, followed naturally by a decade-long career in the high-tech industry.  He has had the privilege of working as an electrical engineer for Cisco Systems, Motorola, ViaSat, and Northrop Grumman among other successful, innovative companies. He holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in Consciousness and Transformative Studies specializing in East/West Philosophy and Religion from John F. Kennedy University.

This author’s fascination with innovation and the unconventional led to the publication of his first book, the well-received creative thinking manual The Power of Thinking Differently: An imaginative guide to creativity, change, and the discovery of new ideas (Enlightened Hyena Press, 2010). Originating as his graduate thesis project, this critically acclaimed work has found success as a highly ranked book on creativity, problem solving, and personal growth, and is frequently used as a college textbook in creative thinking courses. “This easy-to-read work presents instructions and findings from many fields to bypass the self-limiting notion that creativity only falls to geniuses and artists,” says psychology professor Craig Chalquist, PhD. “Galindo shows us how to… touch that place of wonder and curiosity so prevalent in childhood,” adds psychologist Sylvia Lafair, PhD.

Javy’s latest work is entitled Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails: A philosopher’s simple guide to the psychology of joy, satisfaction, and a meaningful life (Enlightened Hyena Press, 2014). His new book has been described as a “beautiful gift for anyone searching for true happiness” (therapist John McGrail, PhD), a “powerful book on the pursuit of happiness” (clinical psychologist Larry F. Waldman, PhD), and a “must read” (psychology professor LaQuisha Beckum, EdS).  Through this easy-to-read text, Javy shares with readers the same insights that he shares with students of his popular Psychology of Happiness graduate course.

This proud Filipino Chinese American is the son of Reuel and Teresa Galindo, and was born in Chicago, IL after his parents emigrated from the Philippines in the mid-70s. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Silicon Valley to pursue happiness through the American dream. While growing up in a diverse household with a Filipino father and Chinese mother, his younger sister Pia and he were exposed to an eclectic array of cultures that would greatly influence their own approach to the pursuit of happiness.

Javy’s accomplishments include co-authoring two patent filings, completing five ultra-marathons, singing with the jazz/R&B group “The Majors,” teaching the award winning El Capitan High School Marching Band, and receiving a High Drum Major award as a member of the Velvet Knights Drum and Bugle Corps in 1996. Javy is available for interviews, talks, and workshops on various topics including creativity, innovation, creative thinking, and the non-pursuit of authentic happiness. He can be reached through his website: www.javygalindo.com.

Abbreviated Media Biography (Shortform)

Javy Wong Galindo, M.A., M.Eng., is a college professor of philosophy, humanities, and psychology in Northern California. He is a popular instructor at John F. Kennedy University and De Anza College, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Javy is a proud member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and the Western Positive Psychology Association. This former electrical engineer is also the author of popular creative thinking manual The Power of Thinking Differently: An imaginative guide to creativity, change, and the discovery of new ideas (Enlightened Hyena Press, 2010).

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Book-Specific Sample Interview Questions

  • In a nutshell, what is the premise for Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails? What is the book about?
  • How did you come up with the concept of Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails?
  • Why is a book about the psychology of happiness referred to as a “philosopher’s guide”?
  • Can you briefly explain what is in each of the seven emails?
  • Why should somebody read this book? Who should read it?
  • Where can we get a copy of Authentic Happiness in Seven Emails?

General Happiness Sample Interview Questions

  • What is authentic happiness? What other kinds are there?
  • What is the best way to pursue happiness?
  • Lots of self-help books emphasize positive thinking and choosing happiness. Is happiness really a choice? It doesn’t seem that easy.
  • What is the key to experiencing more peace and less unhappiness?
  • Is the pursuit of pleasure bad? How can we bring more joy into our lives in a healthy way?
  • So many people feel unfulfilled and dissatisfied. Why is that and what can we do about it?
  • There seems to be a growing existential crisis, particularly in western industrialized nations, with people searching for meaning and purpose in their lives. What is the root of this? Can you explain what can be done about it?
  • How did you get interested in the psychology of happiness?
  • What is your personal experience with authentic happiness?
Sample Interview or Article Topics

Choosing Authentic Happiness: The 3 Unconventional Truths about Happiness

A Happy Life Simplified: The 4 key skills for long-term happiness.

Living with Purpose and Meaning: Three approaches for experiencing a fulfilling life.