Jamie Gruman Ph.D.

Jamie Gruman, Ph.D., is a Full Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). He is also a founding member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association and served two terms as Chair of the board. An applied social psychologist by training, he is lead editor of the book Applied Social Psychology: Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems. His latest book is called Boost: The Science of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands. Jamie’s research and writing focuses largely on how we can live and work as richly and effectively as possible.

A frequent keynote speaker, Jamie has spoken for numerous Fortune 500, not-for-profit, and public organizations including General Motors, Deloitte, Ford, Accenture, The Children’s Wish Foundation, and Departments and Agencies of the Government of Canada. He often writes for, and is quoted in, the media and has appeared in NBC news, Time, Oprah, Inc, and Fast Company magazines, in addition to the blog of the World Economic Forum.

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Don't Forget the Basil

When Jamie was in graduate school he ate a lot of pasta and made his own tomato sauce. He wanted his sauces to be delicious, not just adequate, so he experimented with countless ingredients to get them just right. But they always fell short of his high expectations. That is, until the day he discovered fresh basil. That one simple ingredient transformed his average sauces into the restaurant-quality creations he always wanted. In an analogous fashion, this blog focuses on the simple ingredients in life and work that allow us to transform our everyday, average lives into the best lives we can live.

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