Science and Practice for Creating an Enjoyable, Meaningful Life

Watch my TEDxUtrecht talk: Becoming a mad scientist with your life

Read my Psychology Today blog: A data-driven approach to optimal living

Read by latest BOOK: The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your “good” self - drives success and fulfillment

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I offer a wide range of workshops and keynotes for business organizations, government, professional communities, continuing education for various disciplines, parenting groups, and the general public. With cutting-edge knowledge and humor, I offer practical suggestions for how people and organizations can flourish.



My books Curious? and The Upside of Your Dark Side offer the profound new message that the greatest opportunities for joy and personal growth do not happen when searching for happiness, certainty, or safety. When we acknowledge negative emotions and impulses, and use them wisely, and are open to new experiences, we attain greater success and become a better person.



I conduct research to better understand well-being, strength use and development, mindfulness, social relationships, optimal functioning, and stress and anxiety with a focus on how to apply this knowledge to better people's lives.