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June 24, 2011
There is a lot of discussion these days about optimism and how an optimistic mindset can be beneficial to our well-being. But is there a biological foundation for optimism? Are we, as human beings, hard-wired for optimism? June 24, 2011 In this radio show we talk to Dr. Tali Sharot who has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and is a research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College in London, England. She lives in London and conducts research on optimism, memory, and emotion which has been the subject of features in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, as well as on the BBC. We caught up with Tali this week while she was in New York and we talked to her about her fascinating new book The Optimism Bias: A tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain. Also joining us in the studio was Emmanuel Lopez, also known as motivator man, who is an award-winning Illustrator, Professional Speaker and Movie Blogger. FEATURED in The NEW YORK TIMES, The WASHINGTON POST and The TORONTO STAR. His blog, Movies That Motivate, is known for its motivational tips and inspiring movie examples. Emmanuel helps individuals increase PASSION and build optimistic mindsets through articles in ZOOMER MAGAZINE, EXAMINER.COM and empowering keynotes and seminars.

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March 25, 2011
March 25, 2011 In this podcast we talk about women and wellbeing and we interview one of the US’ top women's health experts to find out why and what women can do about improving their own wellbeing. Listen in to this interview with Dr. Alice Domar, who is the Executive Director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health, and the Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF. She conducts ongoing research that focuses on the relationship between stress and women's health, and creates programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms. She is the author of several books including Be Happy Without Being Perfect; How to Break Free from the Perfection Deception - which she co-authored with Alice Lesch Kelly. Also on the show we interview Marla Warner from ‘For Health: Wellness Consultants’. Marla holds a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and is a certified Stress Management Educator and Health Behaviour Coach. Marla is a consultant, trainer, coach, and educator in corporate health and wellness and has extensive experience as a Stress Management Therapist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

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December 17, 2010
December 17, 2010 The best part of the holidays is spending time with loved ones so this radio show is designed to bring you closer to that special person in your life. We interview Sue Johnson on this show. Sue is the Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is also the author of a terrific book called Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations of a Lifetime of Love. She shares her incredible advice for couples on our show.

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November 19, 2010
The Law of the Garbage Truck and Profit from the Positive November 19, 2010 In this broadcast we interview two interesting authors –David Pollay, author of The Law of the Garbage Truck: How to Respond to People who Dump on You, and How to Stop Dumping on Others. He shares his strategies for helping you increase your happiness and success using his Laws of the Garbage Truck. We also interview Margaret Greenberg who is President of The Greenberg Group, a consulting firm specializing in coaching executives and their teams who are called upon to lead large-scale organizational change. She is a graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania and author of the upcoming book, Profit from the Positive: What Every Business Leader Needs to Know from the New Science of Positive Psychology. She co-authored the book with Senia Maymin of senia.com. To listen to the radio interview – especially the second half of the show when we interview David Pollay

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June 5, 2009
June 5, 2009 Listen in to our interview with Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, commonly known as the genius of Positive Psychology. Dr. Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at the University of North Carolina. Her research centers on positive emotions and human flourishing and she has been recognized with numerous honors, including, the 2000 American Psychological Association's Templeton Prize in Positive Psychology. Here we discuss Barbara’s new book: Positivity- Ground breaking research reveals how to embrace the hidden strength of positive emotions, overcome negativity and thrive. Her thoughtful and intelligent advice based on her research will surprise you and offer you opportunities to be happier in your own life.

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Glendale Reyes

You can't help but feel better about yourself after spending some time with Louisa. Her energy and enthusiasm is infectious, mix that with her engaging teaching style and you have the ideal learning environment for anyone interested in positive psychology. I have been blessed to learn from Louisa in a classroom and conference setting and I can honestly say that she has changed my life.


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
Coach

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
Scotiabank

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
Manager

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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