SPEAKERS

Dr Maria Sirois  


Dr Maria Sirois

Inspirational psychologist and consultant who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing, author Happiness After Loss, USA

Dr. Maria Sirois is a psychologist, consultant and author who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor she brings invigorating practices and skills to the navigation of difficult moments at work, at home and with teams in corporate, medical, spiritual, community and non-profit settings. She is Vice President of Curriculum at Wholebeing Institute (wholebeinginstitute.com), co-founded by Tal Ben-Shahar and Megan McDonough, and with them she leads a year-long certificate program in positive psychology.

Her work in the field of resilience began at Harvard's teaching hospitals, working with those facing chronic pain through Herbert Benson's Mind/Body Institute and then with children facing life-threatening diagnoses at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital. In these hospital settings, Maria witnessed evidence of human beings at their best, even while facing death. These experiences catalyzed her deep desire to bring what those families and children knew to the larger world and integrate their wisdom with the sciences of positive psychology and mind/body medicine.

Maria is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts: Lessons in Love, Faith and Resilience from Children Facing Illness.

Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains, USA, where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat.


 

// Appearances coming up

8:40 | UNIVERSAL LOVE & COMPASSION
- Day 1 Thursday 22nd June 2017

9:25 | BROKEN AND WHOLE: THE ROLE OF HAPPINESS IN OUR DARKEST MOMENTS
- Day 1 Thursday 22nd June 2017

16:45 | PANEL: ONLY KINDNESS MATTERS
- Day 2 Friday 23rdJune 2017



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