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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Canadian Positive Psychology Association

About the CPPA

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization.  We represent scholars and academics who are engaged in rigorous academic research in the field of positive psychology, and we work with practitioners to ensure a higher standard in the application of positive psychology. We welcome researchers, practitioners, teachers, clinicians, coaches, professionals, students, and members of the general public to join us as members. We are proudly supported by the International Positive Psychology Association.

Our Vision

To have a psychologically healthy Canadian society through the research and application of positive psychology across Canada.

Our Mission

The mission of the CPPA is to promote the science and practice of positive psychology and its research-based applications, and to facilitate collaboration and communication among researchers, practitioners, teachers, and students in Canada and around the world, across disciplines, who are interested in positive psychology. The CPPA contributes to enhancing individual and community well-being, and quality of life by disseminating positive psychology knowledge and applications in Canada.


  • To enhance individual and collective well-being; 
  • To introduce and promote information about positive psychology research, knowledge and applications to Canada;
  • To establish a network of academic institutions, positive psychology practitioners, public organizations, private companies, non-profit organizations, health organizations and government with an interest in promoting the psychological well-being of Canadians; 
  • To produce a platform for Canadian scientists to advance the knowledge of the science of well-being and explore novel ways to apply their knowledge;
  • To provide reliable, evidence-based information about the nature of well-being and the application of positive psychology across all disciplines, through the Internet, seminars, publications, workshops and online media


Positive Psychology and the CPPA in the News

August 12, 2013
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Wall Street Journal article on how meditation is becoming mainstream
April 15, 2013
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New York Times article on the importance of direct social contact

March 23, 2013
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CPPA Chair Jamie Gruman gives advice on what makes us happy - read the comments too

March 19, 2013
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In Rich and Poor Nations, Giving Makes People Feel Better Than Getting, Research Finds

February 21, 2013
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What Are You Good At?: Tayyab Rashid at TEDxUTSC

February 11, 2013


Workplace mental health guide sets national standard, which focuses on psychological health, and safety

January 16, 2013
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Tips on New Year's Resolutions: CPPA President Louisa Jewell gives advice

December 28, 2012
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Meditation finds an ommm in the office

November 27, 2012
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Measuring Happiness throughout the world

November 14, 2012
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Adopting a Positive Attitude Positively Alters Body Functions: 6 Yr Prospective Study of Older Adults

October 25, 2012
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How are Canadians Really doing? Canadian Index of Wellbeing

October 23, 2012
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"The Gratitude Attitude" Article quoting CPPA President, Louisa Jewell

October, 2012
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Canadians are a Happy Bunch - and these are the happiest
September 25, 2012

September 12, 2012
CareerBuzz CIUT Radio Interviews Part 2: What makes People go that Extra Mile

August 15, 2012
CareerBuzz CIUT Radio Interviews Part 1: Harmonious Passion Inoculates you against burnout ~ find out how

August 6, 2012
Talent Management Blog: Forget Engagement, Focus on Passion

August 4, 2012
Toronto Star: Positive Psychology may help overcome fear, trauma

August 3, 2012
Huffington Post: How Positive Psychology Affects Olympic Results by CPPA President, Louisa Jewell

August 1, 2012
Toronto Sun: Happiness Is...Well What is it Anyway? A Conference gets to the Science of our Smiles

July 31, 2012
Axiom News: Burgeoning Psychology Field will be at Centre of Societal Shifts

July 30, 2012
Talent Management Magazine: Canada is One Happy Place Eh?

July 24, 2012
Positive Psychology News Daily: Happy Take-off: 1st Canadian Positive Psychology Conference

July 21, 2012
Bob Vallerand being interviewed on CBC Radio about the CPPA

July 21, 2012
Win at life by ditching that negative attitude quoting CPPA President, Louisa Jewell

July 21, 2012
Accentuate Consulting Helps Businesses Build Resilience at First Canadian Positive Psychology Association Conference
July 8 & 9, 2012
"When life hands you lemons" The Calgary Herald, Ottawa Citizen & The Province quote Jamie Gruman and Adam Anderson

July 4, 2012
CBC radio interview: Listen to CPPA Board Member Jamie Gruman discuss positive psychology on CBC's Ontario Morning program.

July 3, 2012
UofGuelph news release, "Prof Helps Launch CPPA"
June 25, 2012
Axiom News Interview with Louisa Jewell, "Is Mental Fitness the Answer to Climbing Canadian Stress?"

June 20, 2012
BlogTalk Radio Interviews Lisa Sansom about the conference

June 17, 2012
Radio Canada Interview <>

June 12, 2012
TheSpec, "If you're happy and you know it"

June 11, 2012
TEDxYouth@Mississuga - Greg Evans
May 22, 2102
Canada ranks among the 10 happiest countries in the world

May 18, 2012
Positive Psychology News Daily
Coming Up: Canadian Positive Psychology Conference

May 6, 2012
Globe & Mail
For a Week I Resolve to be Positive with advice from CPPA President, Louisa Jewell

May 2, 2012
Greater Good, University of California Berkeley spreads the news about CPPA

April 23, 2012
Business Prof's group to promote positive thinking

April 16, 2012
University of Guelph Prof Helps Launch First Canadian Positive Psychology Association

April 4, 2012
Life and Beauty Weekly
Beat a Bad Mood with advice from CPPA President, Louisa Jewell

February 26, 2012
Globe & Mail
Weighing the Words of our Different Inner Voices with advice from CPPA President, Louisa Jewell

January 25, 2012
Increase Your Happiness with a Happiness Coach quoting CPPA President, Louisa Jewell