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2014 Blogs
December 2, 2014
In this video blog, I share with you a story that I hope will inspire you this holiday season to create more meaningful moments with your loved ones. (Read More)
November 18, 2014
In this video I interview my dear friend, Dr. Jamie Gruman about his fascinating research in which he discovered that people who focus on being happy all the time are actually less happy. It's kind of counter intuitive so Jamie explains the reasons for this and what we can do to be lastingly happier. (Read More)
November 4, 2014
In this video I have the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Kristin Neff, a leading researcher in self-compassion. Dr. Neff discusses how self-compassion improves our confidence and the scientific reasons for this. She also shares the three elements of self-compassion that you can easily incorporate into your daily life for greater happiness, well-being and confidence (of course!). (Read More)
October 21, 2014
I am thrilled and honored to have interviewed my dear friend, David Pollay, about his brand new book, The 3 Promises.  This video is a little longer but I promise you, if you watch it, it will change your life. He gives us big ideas for bringing more joy into our lives, strategies for loving what we do and ways to making a difference in the world.  David is the author of Law of the Garbage Truck - which also changed my life.  David will show you the road to fulfillment. (Read More)
October 7, 2014
In this video I share with you the 5 pillars of happiness and well-being and I am not talking about little "h" happiness, I am talking about how to build happiness over your lifetime. (Read More)
September 23, 2014
Do you experience a lot of self-doubt?  Do you have that voice in your head that you are an imposter and you’re going to be found out? Michelle McQuaid is a highly successful business woman who was the youngest executive at one of the largest firms in Australia and now runs a very successful practice teaching others her techniques for success.  But she wasn’t always the self-confident woman she is today.  Learn her one tool that helped her banish her self-doubt and allowed her to shine. (Read More)
September 10, 2014
I am thrilled to have Caroline Adams Miller, author of several books including Creating Your Best Life, joining me here to discuss how setting goals can actually increase confidence. She also shares what you can do to improve your goal setting success, especially when you're going after really big goals. (Read More)
August 26, 2014
Do you want to have a more positive work environment but you just don't think little-old-you could possibly make a difference? Think again. In this video I share my interview with Patrick Howell, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Human Performance who talks about how introducing one keystone habit in your work environment can have a lasting positive impact. (Read More)
July 28, 2014
At the 2nd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology this July, we had the world premiere of this short video about how Sterling Hall School implemented the Three Good Things Exercise to increase student happiness. It is amazing to see how one simple exercise can have an impact on an entire school including faculty, staff and students.  Watch how one simple activity made a difference. (Read More)
July 6, 2014
In this video I share my interview with my dear friend Laura Robinson, the co-inventor of the best-selling classic board game, Balderdash; Actress (on shows like Cheers and Frasier); Chicken Soup for the Soul co-author; and now producer of the up-coming game show Celebrity Name Game.  After hearing about all of Laura's accomplishments, you may wonder why I would be talking to her about self-doubt, but she shares her strategies on how she keeps her positive mental focus, even when all else fails. (Read More)
June 18, 2014
Everyone has self-doubt, especially when you’re trying something new. Self-doubt is not always a bad thing – it can be that little voice in your head that says “wait a second – are you sure you want to do this?” That voice could also be telling you that you need to work a little harder on the task you’re not quite feeling confident about. (Read More)
June 4, 2014
Today you are in for a treat. In this video I interview my dear friend David Pollay, author of The Law of the Garbage Truck. Practicing the Law of the Garbage Truck has had such an incredible impact on my life that I was thrilled David offered to share his message with all of you. If you have difficult people in your life or if you find it challenging to let go of bad experiences in your daily life, David shows you how you can change all that and not engage in all that negativity. (Read More)
May 20, 2014
Is Positive Psychology about being positive all the time? The simple answer to that question is a flat out no. But let me explain...You see most people think that all us people who practice positive psychology are out there just telling everyone to smile and be positive all the time. In this video I share two things about what the ‘positive’ in positive psychology really means and it’s not about being positive all the time. (Read More)
May 7, 2014
In today’s video I interview Sara Oliveri who is a life coach, speaker and graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. She’s also a recent TEDx presenter.  This was a big dream for Sara so I knew it was important.  I knew she would be nervous.  Wouldn’t you be? But Sara learned one very unique technique from the founders of TED themselves that allowed her to calm her nerves and deliver an amazing speech! Watch for this amazingly simple technique. (Read More)
April 16, 2014
In this video, I’m talking about the one tool you need to be more productive and get way more done in your day. I'll be honest. Out of everything I studied in positive psychology there is nothing that has had a greater impact on my daily mood and productivity as this tool. And the tool is called........managing your positivity ratio. (Read More)
March 17, 2014
Welcome to my new blog! I am thrilled to tell you that I am finally writing my book. Yes, I know I have been talking about it for years, but now I am really doing it. Stay tuned right here or join my mailing list for my regular updates on the book which is scheduled for release January 2015. (Read More)
Positive Psychology

RT @craigkielburger: 8 Ways to Spread Happiness- #4 Be a hero, notice & help someone around you, #6 Make an effort to have good thoughts. h…

9 days ago
Barbara Santen
Registered Midwife & Relationship Coach

Louisa was my instructor for The Flourishing Center's CAPP (Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology) course held in Toronto Canada. She was excellent in her delivery and included many different approaches to teaching and learning which helped me retain the information better than any other course I have taken. Her enthusiasm and commitment to her work is an inspiration and she is brilliant at w... (Read More)

Brian Benn, M. Ed.
Associate Director, Organizational Development

Plain and simply speaking, you were a hit! Your morning keynote address set a meaningful, happy, and upbeat tone for the rest of the conference. Our staff responded to your presentation style and message because it is what we needed to hear and feel at this time. We are a great College, with great staff, and May is the end of a full and active year of classes and programs, successes and challenges... (Read More)

Annalise Iten
Director Job Search Program

Let me just say WOW, WOW, WOW!!! You are a pleasure and a joy! Everybody loved your presentation, your warmth, kindness, approachability, and collaborative approach! Thank you so much for a phenomenal conference. The afternoon portion was also fantastic and more intimate which was really lovely, and it got all of us to breathe and connect more with one another. I cannot wait until our next opportu... (Read More)

Roz Baker
Project Director, Signature Events

Louisa has the unique ability to engage a diverse audience with her expertise, humour and engaging style. As our key note speaker she enlightened the audience on the science of happiness and how happiness effects our well-being. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive; guests were inspired and delighted to listen to such a knowledgeable professional about a topic that everyone craves to know more... (Read More)

Louisa's course: Building Personal Resilience for Clinicians and Frontline Workers has been very well received since we introduced it two years ago. Her fun and engaging style makes this one of our highest rated courses, and the information is such a critical addition to the participants self-care toolkit. While the material is completely grounded in science, the application of it is practical, ... (Read More)

Jen Tigno
Manager, Advising & Learning Skills Services, Academic Advising & Career Centre
University of Toronto Scarborough

Louisa delivered a fantastic workshop on the topic of personal resilience and learning to embrace failure. Her session was refreshing, entertaining and very pertinent to our work with students. The strategies she provided are ones we can apply right away. Our time with her simply flew by! I highly recommend Louisa as she is both an expert on and shining example of the power of positive psychology.

Carolyn Meacher
Innovation Leadership Coach

Thank you again for another great webinar. You and Shannon are both so engaging. It is rare in a webinar to actually feel that we are all in the room together. Somehow you both pull it off with your deep knowledge, warmth and energy. Your sessions offer a lot of value. The content is clear and compelling, and the exercises are highly relevant and immediately useful. I’m really enjoying ta... (Read More)

Marilyn Kisluk

Thank you so much for your presentation today—there was so much that was of great value –lots to think about. I worked with a client immediately following the webinar and used the “miracle question”—so much came out of that and it was perfect timing. Louisa, I found your presentation style is so engaging, provocative and yet relaxed and rich with information. Thanks again.

Helen Gin
Middle School Principal

Comments from two participants (faculty and staff): 1) I felt that the PD with Louisa Jewell really had an effect on me in a very positive way. I could not stop talking and thinking about her discussions for a week or more after. It had such an impact on me that I spoke to my friends about that PD. I feel that our school needs these kinds of reminders in order to put ourselves on track and keep ... (Read More)

Valerie Ward
Co-Developer and Owner

Thank you again so much for the excellent session! It is so valuable and pertinent and, as I mentioned at the beginning, theoretically grounded and also practical - a rare and wonderful combination.

Laurie Fraser
Character Integrator

Your presentation to our parents was such a gift. Thank you. I have already had emails from parents who attended to say how grateful they are for what you shared with them. Your work is so important, and the way you distribute it with such grace and humour makes it accessible to so many.

Brenda Bojorquez
Senior Manager

The workshop is very dynamic and time flies. It definitely gave me more consciousness of what I think, I feel, do and how I can do a much better job. The content is powerful and so are the exercises and resources provided. I do think that this is the first step to a happier, fulfilling life. I would love to take more workshops about this subject. Thank you Louisa so much for this opportunity. I ha... (Read More)

Sarah Clark
CPC Health Coach

The flourishing 101 course was an eye opener. When you look for the positive around you, guess what you actually find more of the positive. It?s the power of intention. I discovered how I could use my top strengths to create more success in my personal life and career. Sometimes what we are naturally good at we take for granted. This course will change how you interact with others and bring more p... (Read More)

Collette Johns

I had long struggled with my lack of motivation and my fear of the world. I didn't have enough confidence in myself to start conversations with strangers or to try new things. I was unhappy with the small and empty way I was living my life and I wanted to make a change, but I didn't know how or if I could. I found the answers I was looking for in this course. It opened my eyes to the traps I was f... (Read More)

Kristy S. Simpson

I loved Louisa Jewell's Flourishing 101 workshop series. I learned so much about happiness, positivity and how to increase both. I have so many new tools to use and am able to refer to them whenever I need to. It's been extremely useful and I recommend it to anyone!

Shirin Khamisa
Career counsellor & Certified ICF Coach

It would have taken me months of independent study to learn what I have learnt in just six short weeks. The classes were lively, engaging and down to earth. The practical examples and stories made the research come alive. I especially loved the home happiness boosters turned my A-ha Moments into easy action steps with big impact. Flourishing 101 made a positive impact on my life and has given me ... (Read More)

Erica Sprules

Thank you very much for taking the time to present to us here at Sterling Hall on Tuesday. I have had numerous teachers, parents, and administrators say what an incredible session it was. All of our brains are brimming with programming and activities we can implement both at home and at school to help our students and children realize their character strengths and use them to help build their resi... (Read More)

Steffi Black
Life/Career Coach & Kindness Advocate for Schools

Thank you for a great course! It was a wonderful class - full of useful and thought-provoking information. And, I liked the balance of classroom learning (which I love) and some exercises to apply what we talk about. You are also able to handle all sorts of questions well. I was so curious - I hope I did not bombard you with too many questions as I was loving what we discussed and wanted to learn ... (Read More)

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