Use the science of happiness to excel at work and in life.
I train individuals and organizations how to increase happiness, productivity, and well-being. These programs deliver techniques based on cutting-edge neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology. Individuals seek coaching with me to help them reach their professional and personal dreams. Organizations seek my consulting to build positive cultures, which research suggests improves performance and impacts the bottom-line.
I'm Laura Delizonna, PhD, a Stanford psychologist with 15-years of experience assisting people to reach their dreams. My three positive psychology courses at Stanford University are the three most popular courses in the Continuing Studies Department.
Thousands of people in companies, workshops, courses, and individual coaching have benefited from my cutting-edge techniques.
My forthcoming book called "Shift: Self-Coaching for Happiness" walks readers through a step-by-step process to greater happiness. My co-authored handbook "Strategic Happiness: How to increase success and fulfillment at work" guides business people through an action plan to attain and maintain peak performance at work. I am a trainer for Google's Search Inside Yourself program, which teaches business people to increase emotional intelligence and attain greater success (See http://www.siyli.org/take-the-course/siyli-facilitators).
"Laura Delizonna and Scott Crabtree put together an amazing full day workshop to kick off my team’s first leadership offsite meeting. The agenda included teambuilding, strengthsfinders, and mission/vision/strategy alignment. It set our new leadership team off to a very energetic start and helped us build trust and personal relationships quickly (for some folks, it was their first time meeting F2F). On a personal note about their professionalism: While this workshop was scheduled on short notice and after a holiday weekend, Scott and Laura did a great job of pulling the presentations together in a way that the participants had no idea that we hadn’t been preparing for months. Thanks again for the useful and energizing day!" -Kavita Vora, Hewlitt-Packard, HR Business Partner
ADVANCED HAPPINESS WORKSHOP
"Advanced Choosing Happiness: How to create your best life."
at Stanford University
This 3-week workshop will help you flourish in personal and professional life. This is an advanced workshop so you must have participated in a previous Choosing Happiness workshop in order to attend. You will learn how to shift your paradigm with meditation and cognitive techniques. This will be a small, intimate setting, with limited enrollment. In the past there has been between 15-20 participants.
Where: Stanford University
When: December 2, 9, & 16, 2013. Mondays 7-9pm
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COSTA RICA YOGA & HAPPINESS RETREAT
This exciting one week exotic yoga retreat. Experienced yoga instructor Gayle Olson and I will take you on an amazing journey of using your body and mind to cultivate deeper levels of flourishing. Gayle will guide you through using yoga to increase your sense of well-being. I will take you on an inner adventure using meditation and cognitive exercises to train your brain for lasting happiness. Please email me for more information.
Where: Blue Osa Retreat Center, Costa Rica
When: March 8-15, 2014
“This is the best class I have ever taken.”—Heida E., Lane Medical Library, Stanford University
"Perfect is a word to be used very carefully and not too often. However, I must use it when describing your presentation." –Leonor Urbain, Palo Alto, CA
“This is more than a workshop. This is a life transforming experience!!!” —Elaine P.
In the News!
Stanford University Medical School Interview with Dr. Delizonna
- Ellen Langer, my mentor from Harvard, is interviewed on NPR August 2012. She discusses how mindfulness can decrease stress and help you live longer. She has influenced my work more than anyone else.
- Read a recent interview with Laura by Seven Ponds.
- The Truffled Pig profiled Laura. Check it out this great article and cool website!
What People Are Saying
"You were dynamite!" -Don Bowcutt, San Francisco, CA
"You were truly inspirational. Your talk was insightful, engaging, and entertaining. We all left with a fresh perspective on common pitfalls that interfere with our ability to attain happiness." -Bonnie Rosenberg, MD, Menlo Park, CA
"Of all the speakers I have heard at the club, yours was by far the one that I related to and enjoyed the most. I appreciated the humor that you used to share your insights." -Eric Berggran, San Carlos, CA
"I am having GREAT success reframing my thoughts using this technique. I am elated that I have other tools to challenge myself. Thanks for a wonderful workshop." -Karen Robinette, Palo Alto, CA
"That was the best use of $300 I've experienced in a very long time!" - J.H.
"Laura is captivating, and the clarity with which she explains the topics is striking. We were very privileged to have had her!" -Christina Marini, Santa Barbara, CA
“Laura is extremely knowledgeable and provides a perfect balance of wisdom and skilled guidance with an open heart. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to embark on a path towards healing and greater happiness.” –Sophia
“Thanks for your interest and love—it makes this world a little bit better for each of us. I want to express my gratitude and recognize your excellent course Enhancing Emotional Intelligence. There's a bunch of new ideas that I'm applying in my everyday life; I only wish I've done this 20 years back.” –Mauricio R.
"Thank for a life transforming course. There is so much that I have learned from the course and look forward to using much of the material over my lifetime."—Sudhir Nakhwa
“It’s been great attending your class and I have been learning what I have been missing all my life. Thanks.”—Sue
“You are inspiring. I was impressed by how many people seem to be having profound positive effects as a result of the course.” –John M.
“Thank you for teaching me the important E.I. skills that I will use for the rest of my life. During a recent family reunion, I practiced the S.E.A.T. technique and also the loving- kindness visualization exercise we did in class. My automatic reaction was to criticize my sister’s choice of parenting style, because it differs from mine and I find it controlling. After thinking about her choices, I realized that my sister is doing the best she can given the situation (overbearing attorney husband) and that I can choose to feel empathy for her rather than anger. The S.E.A.T. technique helped me to calm down, observe my emotions, and analyze my triggers.” –R.P.
“Your workshop is the highlight of my week now, and I can really already tell that my emotional intelligence is increasing. :)“—S.L.
“Of all of the guest speakers that I have heard at the club, yours was by far the one that I related to and enjoyed the most. I appreciated the humor that you used to share your insight with us.”—Eric B., San Carlos Rotary
“I have had a lot of success with the practices, thanks so much. I went through a divorce after a long term marriage where there was betrayal, adultery and abuse. The divorce was a liberation for me for my personal growth, a relief and I turned into a whole new person!!! Your meditations and skill sets have helped me a great deal.”—N.R.
HP, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, DES Archeticture Firm, The Commonwealth Club, Innovation Lab, Stanford University Alumnae Conference, Covington School, Information Technology Services Administrators at Stanford University, Entrepreneurs' Organization, Young Presidents' Organization, UC Berkeley, UCSF, Stanford-PGSP Consortium, San Francisco State University.
She has presented internationally in places such as Copenhagen, Denmark; Hanoi and Ho Chi Man City, Vietnam; Goa, India; Stellenbach and Cape Town, South Africa; and Montreal, Canada.
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