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Louisa Jewell on PPND TV

written by Senia Maymin 20 June 2014

Senia Maymin, MBA, MAPP, PhD, is the coauthor of Profit from the Positive. Maymin is an executive coach to entrepreneurs and CEOs. Maymin runs a coaches network and is the founder and editor in chief of PositivePsychologyNews.com. Her PhD is in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Full bio.

Senia's solo articles are here, her articles with Margaret Greenberg here, and with Kathryn Britton here.



Welcome to the fourth episode of PPND TV, the interview series inspired by TED talks where we bring our readers the crux of positive psychology in brief video interviews of researchers and practitioners. For the complete series, see PPND-TV.

Today’s guest is workshop leader, video blogger, author, and conference organizer Louisa Jewell. Louisa’s background in a nutshell:

  • Speaker and workshop leader on topics ranging from supporting workplace well-being to building resilience in children
  • Creator of the video blog titled The Science of the Good Life
  • Organizer of a quarterly positive psychology webinar called the Positive Psychology Think Tank with speakers including Louisa herself, Ryan Niemiec, Fredrike Bannink, and other practitioners of positive psychology. The last session with coach Susanna Halonen just happened on June 19, but a recording is available. Join the Think Tank to get announcements of future events and to see recordings of past talks.
  • President and founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, which is hosting the 2nd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology in Ottawa on July 17-18. The early bird registration is still available until July 2 at the conference site.
  • Author of an upcoming book on getting beyond self doubt. For updates on Louisa’s book launch, join Louisa’s mailing list.

Today’s interviewer is Senia Maymin

(Direct link to the interview on YouTube).

Key take-aways from Louisa (with minute:second marks):

  • 00:10  Louisa’s background
  • 01:04  Favorite positive psychology research finding: “The one thing that has had the most significant impact on my life …”
  • 02:32  Which does Louisa find to be stronger: decreasing the negative or increasing the positive? (How does this affect the way she flips through TV channels?)
  • 03:51  The story Louisa tells that most resonates with her audiences
  • 06:28 Louisa’s upcoming book Beyond Self-Doubt: The New Science of Self-Confidence
  • 07: 12 Albert Bandura and self-efficacy
  • 08:07  Louisa’s public adventures in positive psychology: Positive Psychology Think Tank, the Science of the Good Life, the radio program, and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association
  • 12:22  What Louisa would do differently if she were starting her business now as opposed to years ago
  • 14:17 Why Louisa is excited about the CPPA conference, and what that has to do with Louisa being Sicilian



Bandura, A. (2008). Self-Efficacy in Changing Societies. Cambridge University Press.

Bandura, A. (1997). Self-Efficacy: The Exercise of Control. Worth Publishers.

Fredrickson, B. (2009). Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive. New York: Crown.

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Judy Krings 21 June 2014 - 11:37 am

Hello to two of my favorite MAPP grads who continue to inspire us all. Great interview! I had no idea, Louisa, your depression was the instigator for your PP career. What great life fertilizer to make your PP flowers grow. I am so happy to learn you have had no depression since. PP works. It surely weeds out negativity.

Also, I was thrilled to see you discuss the negativity bias and how Barb Fredrickson’s positivity ratio idea and positive resonance helped you conquer ruminating. I can so relate as many clients add fuel to their inner critic fire intro-punitively until they learn the 10 Positive Emotions and how to add them to their lives daily. Accept the negative but then move forward. Life altering! One daily action at a time.

Many thanks to you both ladies. I am still smiling.

Lisa Sansom (@LVSConsulting) 21 June 2014 - 4:36 pm

Lovely lovely lovely interview! Louisa, you are a success story and inspiration to so many – may you keep shining ever brighter!


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