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Dr. Jamie Gruman

Professor, University of Guelph

Jamie Gruman, Ph.D., is a Full Professor 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. He is lead editor of the book Applied Social Psychology:
Understanding and Addressing Social and Practical Problems. His latest book, called Boost: The Science
of Recharging Yourself in an Age of Unrelenting Demands, explains how we can turn our downtime into
“uptime” to effectively recover from our daily obligations and be at our best.

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 on CBS-, NBC-, and Fox-affiliated stations, in addition to publications such as Business Insider, and U.S. News & World Report. He also
blogs for Psychology Today. He can be found on LinkedIn.

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The Secrets of Happy People

Most of the time I ate chocolate bars without much thought. In fact, I'd often half-consciously find a wrapper in my hand without any real memory of eating a chocolaty treat. The ease with which I could afford chocolate bars had caused me to appreciate and savour them less. I came to think of this phenomenon as the cost of convenience -- a failure to appreciate things.
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