I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where I lived until my early twenties. With much of my family remaining there, and growing up a die-hard Knicks and Yankees fan, it was difficult leaving the Big Apple. But like many people, I felt drawn to the West Coast, where new adventures awaited. After graduating college at Columbia University in 2004, I moved to California to start graduate school at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto. For the next five years, I had the privilege of training in a variety of clinical settings, including VA hospitals, college counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. I also had the good fortune of being mentored by some of the leading psychiatrists and psychologists in the field.
During graduate school, I began to supplement my traditional training by learning more about wellness, happiness, and psychological well-being. I stumbled across the burgeoning field of "positive psychology," which studies these topics as well as things like character strengths, virtue, and happiness. This interest soon developed into my passion, and remains so to this day.
These days, I provide trainings, consultations, keynotes, and seminars on topics related to wellness, happiness, and reaching your full potential. In 2015, I released my first book, entitled Real Happiness, a self-help book outlining seven proven paths to happiness and well-being. More recently in 2018, I released my second self-help booked, entitled "The Happiness Toolbox," which provides an array of tools and handouts for both readers and practitioners alike. In June 2020, my third book was released. Entitled "Awestruck," it focuses on the science of awe and how we can cultivate more awe and wonder in our lives. In late 2022, my newest book will be released. Entitled "Happily Even After," it will focus on how to foster resilience and well-being even after life's challenges.
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Professional Workshops & Seminars
If you're a mental health clinician or healthcare professional, I'm pleased to offer professional workshops on a wide range of topics.
These typically range from one to six hours in length, and provide an overview of the current research on happiness and well-being along with practical tools for increasing life satisfaction and happiness in daily life.
I've presented both nationally and internationally through organizations such as the Cape Cod Institute, PESI, Institute for Brain Potential, Psychotherapy Networker, TATRA, Kaiser Permanente, and many more. For my current speaking schedule, click here. If you're organizing an event and want to bring me in for a talk, please use the contact information tab at the bottom of the page.
Over the past few years, I've had the opportunity to make frequent media appearances to discuss issues related to happiness, well-being, positive psychology, and awe. This has included appearances on the radio, television, and podcasts, as well as having articles published through popular online and print outlets such as mindbodygreen, Conscious Lifestyle magazine, and the Psychotherapy Networker Magazine. For a subset of my previous interviews and podcast appearances, click here.
If you're interested in having me on your show or podcast as a guest to discuss the science of happiness and well-being, or are interested in having me write a guest column or article on your site, please contact me for further information.
Presentations for General Audience
While I love giving presentations to professional audiences, one of my true professional passions is to deliver seminars, talks, and keynotes to the public at large. Whether you're a company, organization, or school, I'm happy to come and present on the science of happiness, and teach your audience more about the benefits of well-being. Contact me for more information.
Whether you're a company looking to gain an edge in the marketplace, or an organization looking to improve the well-being of its employees, I'm pleased to offer consultation on applications of positive psychology in the workplace.
Increasing happiness and well-being in the workplace has been linked to a host of benefits, including improved physical and emotional health, enhanced immune system functioning, increased compassion and social relationships, and improved cognitive functioning. Please contact me for further information about this service.
Please complete the following information if you're interested in having me present to your organization or team. Please be sure to include the proposed date of the event, whether it will be in-person versus virtual, the number of attendees, and proposed budget.