Human Flourishing

One of the brilliant advances in the application of positive psychology to human flourishing relates to group performance and is a concept which emerged from a dynamic collaboration between two scientists, Marcial Losada and Barbara Fredrickson. This work was summarized in their 2005 paper: Positive Affect and the Complex Dynamics of Human Flourishing. Losada has […]


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Positivity and Resilience

Positivity Leads to Resilience Let’s revisit the connection between positivity and resilience. According to Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D., the leading positive emotion researcher, positivity includes a wide range of positive emotions. The top ten in frequency are: joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, aw e, and love. Fredrickson and collaborators discovered the tipping point […]


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Coaching in the New Year

Every new year offers the opportunity to hit the refresh button and make a fresh start on something we have yearned to improve for a while yet have not achieved lasting success. We may have been motivated all year long to tackle the New Year’s resolutions we made, having the burning desire to improve health, […]


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What is Your Body Intelligence?

You may be familiar with the concepts of emotional intelligence, how well one handles one’s emotions, or social intelligence, how well one handles social interactions. I would like to propose a new form of intelligence – body intelligence or BQ. I collaborated with psychologist James Gavin at Concordia University in Montreal on this concept. We […]


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Who is the Driver’s Seat?

In health care, experts are typically in the driver’s seat when it comes to patient care. As wellness coaches, we are keenly aware that this approach is not effective in fostering long-lasting behavioral change. For clients to thrive and achieve optimal health and wellbeing, they must get into the driver’s seat, both in coaching sessions […]


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What Drives Your Client to Be Well

The results our clients get from fitness training or wellness coaching are not just a higher level of health, fitness, and well-being. They also include change: change in behavior, thinking, and feeling. Yet, change is not always easy. A critical ingredient is potent and lasting motivation that comes from with- in and is based on […]


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Coaching and Curiosity

In a recent study, more than 2,000 older adults aged 60 to 86 were evaluated to deter- mine who was more likely to be alive at the conclusion of the study. In the group that achieved greater longevity, one factor was significantly more important than any other.9 Are you curious as to what that factor […]


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Why do I need coaching skills to be a better Personal Trainer?

We chose this profession because we want to help our clients develop and sustain fit lifestyles. One-on-one personal training helps many but often falls short with people who have difficulty sticking with a program. Just like people who go on diets and soon regain the weight they lost, many training clients start out enthusiastically but […]


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