Speaker Feature: Louisa Jewell

Louisa is the Founder and President of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association where she brings together leading-edge researchers and practitioners from around the world to study and understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Her hugely successful conferences draw an international audience of leaders in this field. She teaches positive psychology at the University of Toronto and the University of Texas-Dallas. Louisa regularly gives webinars and workshops to audiences all around the world.

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Why do you think failure has a bad reputation?

Perhaps it is because failure makes us feel bad. I think more and more people are feeling greater comfort with the value of failure.

What does failure mean to you?

To me, failure means things did not go as planned or I experienced an unwanted outcome.

What should we do when we fail?

Learn as much as we can from it and move on. And be grateful for the lessons we have learned.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time/what are your hobbies?

I love to dance, do yoga & crossfit, hang out with girlfriends, enjoy time with my daughters and my dog Sam, attend lectures, go for long walks in nature, travel and enjoy fine dining around the city.

How would your friends describe you in 3 words or less?

Loving, reliable and fun.

What is your favourite TED/TEDx talk and why?

Amy Purdy’s Living Beyond Limits because she has taken an extreme adversity in her life and turned it around into something so beautifully positive.

What is something you can’t live without?

My children. And if we are talking about material things, I would have to say my Temperpedic bed.

What are you most proud of?

My children who are both amazing human beings. I am proud to be the founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, an organization dedicated to improving the health of all Canadians and my soon to be released book: Wire your Brain for Confidence; The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt.

What is the role that conversation plays in your life?

I believe when people can share their ideas and both be open and non-judgmental, it allows us to show each other compassion and enjoy a greater understanding of what is possible in this world.

What is your personal philosophy?

Choose to flourish with confidence.

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