I see myself as having two paths: I can be a country singer with the stage name Melissa Leigh. Or I can be a rap goddess, and the people will call me Reck-Lyss. I aspire to live in a city that has more summer than winter, and to own a Pomeranian Husky named Pocket. The other details will just be value added. Check out Melissa's blog here.
Adam Baker is an Arizona native who graduated from Arizona State University and first wrote a published book at age 3. The story was titled Batman & Ghostbusters and by published we mean that his mom stapled a few pages together and called it a book. This helped create a love for writing which inspired him to create the Maury C. Moose Children's Book Series.
Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., is currently a professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The author of over 160 refereed articles and book chapters and 16 books (many in multiple editions and translations), her most recent popular work is The Search for Fulfillment (January 2010, Ballantine Books). She also writes for the Huffington Post's "Post 50" blog and is a frequent commentator on local, national, and international media outlets including Dateline, Money Magazine, USA Today, and Time.com.
Stephany is Associate Editor, Digital at Mindful. She fuels the social media beast and scans the wires for comments and questions. Before Stephany joined Mindful, she worked as a radio broadcast journalist. She also writes about public broadcasting and how news media companies are making the leap to the online world.
Alice Boyes, Ph.D. has had her research about couples published in leading international journals, including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Her work focuses on how people can use tips from social, clinical and positive psychology research in their everyday lives and romantic relationships. She is regularly interviewed for magazines and radio about a wide range of social, clinical, positive, and relationships psychology topics. She can be contacted for media interviews by emailing email@example.com
Melissa is an urban planner and healthy cities enthusiast moonlighting as a positive living blogger. She is passionate about health, happiness, and the human experience. And trying new restaurants. Melissa holds degrees in anthropology, geography, and urban planning, but firmly believes that the best lessons in life come from curiosity and the confidence to try. Check out Melissa’s new blogging project: http://thetinatimes.com/.
Kristin Neff got her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 in the field of moral development. She then spent two years of post-doctoral study in the field of self-concept development at Denver University. Her current position is in the Human Development and Culture Program, Dept. of Educational Psychology, at the University of Texas at Austin. She started at UT in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. During Kristin’s last year of graduate school in 1997 she became interested in Buddhism, and has been practicing meditation in the Insight Meditation tradition ever since. While doing her post-doctoral work she decided to conduct research on self-compassion – a central construct in Buddhist psychology and one that had not yet been examined empirically. The scale she created to measure self-compassion was published in 2003 and is now being used by hundreds of researchers worldwide. In addition to her pioneering research into self-compassion, she has co-created an 8-week program, Mindful Self-Compassion, with her colleague Chris Germer to teach self-compassion skills. She has a new book titled "Self-Compassion" that was published by William Morrow in April, 2011.
Daisy Grewal holds a BA in psychology from UCLA and a PhD in social psychology from Yale University. She currently works at Stanford University as an applied researcher. Her work has been featured in Scientific American Mind, American Scientist Online, Science Careers and Salon.
"A UCLA philosophy graduate and UPenn Positive Psychology grad-student, Taylor Kreiss is currently the Director of Special projects for the The Imagination Institute at UPenn, an executive producer for The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman PhD, an editor for TheCreativityPost and a life design writer for Creativity/Philosophy/Positive Psychology blogs. He would call himself “A (sometimes) rational animal helping people get real about happiness, meaning and purpose." Specializing in practical philosophy and positive psychology, Taylor Kreiss is a writer on a mission to share the art and science of the good life.
Lauri Järvilehto, Ph.D., is an endlessly curious builder of Lego starships, a metaphysical explorer and a Sherlock Holmes fan. His mission is to figure things out to make people’s lives better. Lauri is the founder of the Academy of Philosophy in Helsinki where he builds bridges between academia and businesses.
I am an enthusiastic basketball coach, eager-to-learn student, proud son, grandson and brother, loyal friend and loving boyfriend. However, I am not defined by any one of these. I try to live in the moment as best I can. My goal in life is to make each day as happy as possible for those I'm closest to.
Philip Pape is an author, public speaker, and Success Coach who helps smart people become confident and self-disciplined at howtoattainsuccess.com. He’s here to help you transform your approach to life—while making it all feel like it’s who you were meant to be.
Andrea Kuszewski is a cognitive scientist and the Director of Content and research scientist for POTENTIA, a startup that aims to improve psychological and emotional well-being via a software platform with training modules focusing on mental fitness, emotional agility, happiness, resilience, and personal achievement, among others. She lives and works in Silicon Valley.
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of History at The New School and the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford, 2015). Her latest research is on the history of wellness culture in the United States and she writes a “fitness history” column at Well+Good. She is the co-founder of experiential wellness education program HealthClass2.0, a Premiere Leader of the mind-body practice intenSati, and a host of the Past Present podcast. She holds a BA from Columbia College and a MA and Ph.D. from Stanford University and lives in New York City.
Hailing from the Land of Poker, Black Jack – and what not – LA, US, Kristy Megan is an MBA in the making. She started working for an education consultancy from a young age which is what helped her gain professional experience from an early age. Nowadays, she’s working with an online service that offers coursework writing service to students around the globe. Apart from her focus in educational consultancy, she also has an endless passion for the whole thing creative like conceptual art, street art, etc.
Matthew D. Della Porta is an organizational consultant and expert on workplace wellness. A Ph.D. graduate from the University of California, Riverside, he worked as a member of Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky’s Positive Psychology Laboratory. He received his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 2006 with high honors in research in psychology, and his M.A. from the University of California, Riverside in 2009. Dr. Della Porta's research in positive organizational psychology focuses on the strategies people can use to become happier for a sustained period of time. He is particularly interested in how these strategies can produce optimal employee performance, job satisfaction and organizational health. He currently works as a speaker and consultant, assisting organizations in the implementation of well-being research into their corporate cultures.
Jacqueline Hornor Plumez, PhD, is a psychologist, career counselor, speaker and journalist/writer. She practices psychotherapy and career counseling in Larchmont, New York, and Manhattan. Dr. Plumez is donating all proceeds from her new book to charities that help women and children. Learn more at www.TheBitchInYourHead.com or follow Dr. Plumez on Twitter @dr_plumez.
Gil Greengross is an evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist from the University of New Mexico. His interdisciplinary research bridges traditional fields of study such as psychology, anthropology and biology, and his studies focus on the adaptive value of humor and laughter, mainly in the context of sexual selection and mating. Dr. Greengross is also fascinated by the life and personalities of stand-up comedians as we can learn a lot from people who have extreme humor ability. His work has been featured in Psychology Today.
Sarah Williams is a passionate self-development writer and dating coach. Her mission is to help people to date better and find true love, so they don't fall into the same traps that she did. She shares her thoughts on Wingman--a self-development blog for men.
Jessica Amortegui believes passion is a stimulant to better business results, and she brings plenty of it to her work with leaders, managers, and teams. Jessica received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and graduate degrees from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. After her studies; she worked in various capacities at Deloitte, Booze & Co, IBM, Nike, and Victoria’s Secret. She serendipitously found her way to a “valley” that shares the same uncanny energy, optimism, and grit that she does. She currently works in leadership development for VMware, a high technology company headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
Marni Amsellem, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in health psychology. She wears many hats, both as a research consultant with hospitals, organizations, and corporations, and also maintains a clinical practice. Additionally, she has recently been following her passion of communicating psychology research findings to a broader audience by writing. Her research and writing focuses on the relationships between health and characteristics of individuals. She addresses how these relationships affect decisions, behavior, and how individuals then respond to and interact with their world. You can reach her via twitter @smartpsychreads
CHADE-MENG TAN (“Meng” for short) recently retired from Google where his official title was “Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny)”, a perk he earned by being one of the their earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google’s search quality. An avid meditator, he has now dedicated himself to promoting Peace, Liberty, Enlightenment and Happiness. JOY ON DEMAND is the sequel to his international and New York Times bestseller, Search Inside Yourself, which was based on the highly popular course he designed to help his colleagues at Google reduce stress and increase well-being, heighten focus and creativity, become more optimistic and resilient, build fulfilling relationships, and have a few laughs while at it
Jessica Alexander is an American writer and the co-author of "The Danish Way of Parenting: a guide to raising the happiest kids in the world" along with Danish psychotherapist Iben Sandahl. She has been married to a Dane for over 13 years, speaks 4 languages and currently lives in Rome with her husband and two children. You can buy their book on Amazon.
Dillon Read is a seasoned world traveler who is passionate about studying cultural growth, languages, and political forces that bring the world together in new ways of thought. He received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his studies he took his first steps in yoga and meditation which has now grown into a daily practice. He currently lives off the coast of Brazil where he teaches English and is learning about Brazilian culture. Over the next few years Dillon plans on spending significant time around the world where he plans to learn more about intercultural communication and the various academic and spiritual benefits of creating a global community. Never one to waste time, when he isn’t writing or teaching English, Dillon satisfies his thirst for adventure with rock climbing, horseback riding, and learning to surf.
Michaela Haas, PhD, is the author of Bouncing Forward: Transforming Bad Breaks into Breakthroughs (Atria/Enliven, October 2015) and Dakini Power: Twelve Extraordinary Women Shaping the Transmission of Buddhism in the West. She has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West, and internationally. She is a reporter, coach, and avid meditator. She has been practicing Buddhist meditation for twenty years and combines powerful storytelling with scientific research and spiritual depth.
Laura Callisen is an independent blogger and traveler. She likes to get the most from her life and share her expertise with people as a guest writer. Now she works at GrabMyEssay.
Nanci Besser, MA is an Emotional Intelligence Specialist, Author and Intuitive Mindful Body Teacher, with a passion for aligning who you are with what you want to do. She is certified in the art of Conflict Resolution and Mediation and teaches mindfulness via Pilates and Psychobiomechanics. She has trained over 1,000 private clients. Her heart belongs to philanthropic outreach to support US Veterans. Join her 32 Favors Project—help share kindness.
Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters (forthcoming from Crown in 2017). She writes about culture, relationships, and psychology. Her writing has appeared at The Atlantic, The New Criterion, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and other publications. Follow her on Twitter: @emesfahanismith.
Victoria Sevilla believes that the most powerful organizational cultures are built through a “connect then lead” mindset. Her love of learning and development evolved from her experience teaching at two San Francisco Bay Area universities in the College of Social Sciences. Victoria’s passion for praxis and innovation led her to consult for high tech companies in the Silicon Valley, where her L&D zeal was further fueled. She currently works in leadership development at VMware, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, where she creates and facilitates cutting-edge experiential learning programs that take a holistic approach to empowering leaders with skills that are practical, meaningful, and motivating.
Ron Friedman, Ph.D., is an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation, and frequently delivers keynotes and trainings on the science of workplace excellence. His new book, The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, has been described as “stunning,” “eye-opening,” and “a contemporary classic,” and praised by New York Times best-selling authors Daniel Pink, David Allen, Marshall Goldsmith, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant. Dr. Friedman has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and has consulted for some of the world’s most successful organizations. Popular accounts of his research have appeared on NPR and in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, Washington Post, The Guardian, as well as magazines such as Men’s Health, Entrepreneur, and Success.
June Gruber is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and Director of the Positive Emotion and Psychopathology Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on understanding positive emotion, happiness, and how it can inform both mental health and dysfunction. She has authored numerous journals and articles, co-edited the book "Positive Emotion: Integrating the Light and Dark Sides," received several early nationally-recognized career awards.
Mona is a freelance writer and motivational speaker based in Atlanta. Since 1996, she has facilitated more than 50,000 hours of programs in mind body wellness as a personal development expert and meditation instructor for the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV). Mona believes that meditation and conscious acts of kindness are key to uplifting human values in society. For more information about the Art of Living meditation and yoga, visit www.artofliving.org. Check out her blog at http://monashahjoshi.com.
TJ, a travel fairy and happiness evangelist, currently works at Mozilla as a Community Manager. On the daily she is cranking out marketing campaigns and working with thousands of contributors and volunteers from all over the world to keep the Web open and free! While Firefox is her number one choice, TJ is also the co-founder of Oppin, where she designs no-BS career strategy courses and resources for the millennials. She’s also a big fan of KFC. Feel free to shoot her a tweet or an e-mail to connect!
Katie McBeth is a Freelance writer out of Boise, ID. She enjoys reading teen novels, eating mac ‘n cheese, and long walks on the beach. Her love for reading is only trumped by her love for cats, of which she has three. She also has a dog, and he helps keep her grounded. You can follow her animal and writing adventures on Instagram or Twitter: @ktmcbeth.
Elisheva is on a quest to decode the mystery of intelligence, unlock human potential and deconstruct the makings of optimized learning for both children and adults. Elisheva uses dyslexia as a backdoor to systematically explore human possibility, the brain, cognition and data driven wellness on her popular podcast The Dyslexia Quest.
Anjali Talcherkar, M.A. is a writer, recovery coach, and an avid yogini. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology and Addiction Studies from Antioch University Los Angeles and is a Ph.D. candidate in Mind-Body Medicine/Integrative Mental Health at Saybrook University. She is a 200 RYT instructor and leads yoga and meditation workshops at Core Power Yoga and the Los Angeles Art of Living Center. Her forthcoming book is a personal memoir and Eastern interpretation of addiction and the 12 steps. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maia Gambis is a clinical psychologist with a Masters in psychopathology and a pre-doctoral degree in psychoanalysis and medicine from Université Paris VII, Denis Diderot in Paris, France. She holds a private practice and works primarily with children and families. She is also a psychology professor at La Católica University in Quito, Ecuador. Parallel to her work in psychology, Maia is a working artist with a BA in Photography from Bard College. Joining her two interests, psychology and art, she co-founded MNNA (Museo del Niño... y del Niño en el Adulto), a sociocultural entity aimed at strengthening the bond between children and adults through the arts (www.mnna.org). She is currently working on her PhD in Psychology, which focuses on trauma and creation.
Raquel Baetz is a freelance writer, qualified display screen equipment risk assessor and founder of Safe Hands DSE, helping organizations increase productivity by keeping their employees safe from the ill effects of prolonged, excessive digital device use. Raquel writes about digital health for The Huffington Post, SHP Online, New Worker Magazine and on her blog at safehandsdse.com. After suffering a debilitating repetitive strain injury herself, Raquel had to give up computer work for several years. Now she teaches good computer workstation set up and safe use of digital devices in any setting, including traditional offices, home offices, co-working spaces, and everywhere else digital devices are used.
Emily Kate Moon is an artist, author, adventurer and mother of two little boys. Her first children’s book, Joone, is the recipient of the 2014 CLC Book Award for instilling Compassion, Love and Courage in young readers. Emily holds degrees in Communication and Spanish, but she is a big fan of the school of life, which she finds endlessly challenging and fun!
Mike Hanski tries to keep his writing environment clean and minimalistic and always seek for new efficient ways of minimizing distractions. You can find his writing on Business.com and Bid4papers blog.
Akram Alashari, MD is a Trauma Surgeon and Critical Care Physician. He earned his MD at the age of 23, and completed General Surgery Residency Training at the University of Connecticut. He then earned board-certification in general surgery at the age of 28, among the youngest in the nation. He subsequently completed Surgical Critical Care sub-specialty training at the University of Florida. He is passionate about exploring and expanding untapped human potential and is also an author and public speaker. He is the author of the book The Power of Peak State: Massively Enhance Your Personal Potential, available in the summer of 2015. He gives speeches about improving workplace environment and productivity, increasing mental and physical capacity, health and well-being, stress reduction, medical education, and public health issues such as injury- and violence-prevention. He enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his wife.
A world recognized authority on well-being, strengths, social relationships, stress, and anxiety, Dr. Todd Kashdan has published more than 150 scholarly articles and is the author of Curious? and co-author of the new book, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self - not just your “good” self - drives success and fulfillment (Hudson Street Press). Dr. Kashdan is Professor of Psychology and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. His research has been featured in several media outlets, including the New York Times and The Washington Post. He's a twin and has twin 7-year old daughters, with plans to rapidly populate the world with great conversationalists. He says the things other people want to but are afraid to.
Hooria Jazaieri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and founder of a psychotherapy and consulting practice in Silicon Valley. Hooria is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and is also an accomplished researcher and teacher. Hooria’s research in the areas of mindfulness, compassion, and emotion regulation have been published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Hooria completed the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Teacher Certification Program though Stanford University and is enthusiastic about teaching mindfulness and compassion in a variety of contexts.