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Matthew Della Porta

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Keynote speaker Matthew Della Porta is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of California and works as a research consultant for Delivering Happiness. Matthew’s speaking engagements are always extremely interesting because of his ability to bring academic research into a business setting that makes it both useful and relevant for the audience.

Dr. Della Porta is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of California, Riverside and a former student of Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, the author of The How of Happiness. His research in positive psychology explores the role of happiness in transforming organizational cultures. As a research consultant for Delivering Happiness and a facilitator for the Orange Frog workshop (based on the work of Shawn Achor) Dr. Della Porta has given evidence-based recommendations to a variety of organizations wishing to capitalize on happiness and engagement to improve their bottom lines.

Dr. Della Porta is passionate about taking complex research findings out of the laboratory and translating them into practical applications for the workplace. To this end, he has given keynote presentations to several organizations, using his unique combination of scientific expertise and high-energy delivery. Dr. Della Porta’s articles offering advice on the pursuit of happiness have been featured in the Huffington Post.

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    “Employee Happiness”

    • Recent research has established a strong link between employee wellness and a variety of organizational benefits including productivity, job satisfaction, positive workplace behaviors, and improved communication. Organizations wishing to capitalize on this must choose programs and policies that foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance. To this end, several workplace wellness techniques (e.g., mindfulness, expressing gratitude, performing acts of kindness for others) will be presented, with an emphasis on which ones have strong empirical support and how they can be best incorporated into workplace settings. In addition, communication techniques that give employees a sense of choice, volition, and personal endorsement toward workplace tasks will be discussed.


    Keynote by Speaker Matthew Della Porta

    “Being Mindful in the Workplace”

    • We spend much of our waking lives on “auto-pilot,” unaware of what is happening in the present moment. We also tend to be immersed in non-stop thinking, fixated on what has already occurred or what may happen in the future. However, through mindful awareness, we can distance ourselves from our thoughts and perceive the present moment just as it is. Discover the advantages your organization will gain by training your employees to be fully immersed in the here and now.


    Keynote by Speaker Matthew Della Porta

    “Humor is Serious Business”

    • We all know that humor is a great way to break workplace tension and to increase employee morale. However, research suggests that humor is an invaluable tool that unleashes the potential of your employees and creates optimal organizational health. By reviewing the scientifically-supported importance of laughter and smiling, your organization will learn how to promote humor in the workplace not just as an occasional stress-reliever, but as a tool for doing serious business.

Interview with Matthew Della Porta

Have you ever thought about going back to academia full-time? Why? Why not?

I currently have no plans to go to academia full-time because I am passionate about the application of positive psychology research in organizational settings. An academic career for me would be primarily focused on producing more research, without necessarily taking the next step of finding ways to bring that research to life in the workplace. I’m glad to have academic/research experience, but I am now focused on using this experience to help others.

What do you gain personally from being a public speaker?

Part of me loves to entertain and make people laugh. When I was younger, I considered being an actor or stand-up comedian. Once I became a positive psychology researcher, I realized that public speaking gave me an outlet for the entertainer inside me, without having to deal with all the Hollywood mumbo jumbo!

Who or what inspires you most?

I love to hear about courageous leaders that are redefining how to run a successful organization by focusing internally on their culture and treating their employees like worthwhile human beings. For now, these leaders are outliers – but one day they will be the norm. As I meet more and more of these leaders and hear their stories, I am inspired to build on their momentum and encourage other leaders to follow their examples.

Why is employee happiness important?

Research shows that there is a strong link between employee happiness, engagement, and the bottom line. Many people already know this. Although the research is important, I also like to think of employee happiness as it relates to individual people.

I’ve heard so many heart-breaking stories about how people are unhappy at work and how this negatively affects their personal lives. Employee happiness is important because many people are miserable at work and it’s time that we do something about this — for the mutual benefit of the employees and their organizations.

What types of results do clients experience after your programmes & keynotes?

In general, clients are opened up to a new possibility – one of a workplace in which employees are thriving and, as a result, their organization becomes more successful than ever. Most people want this to happen but they have lost hope in it ever becoming a reality; I help to reignite this hope. Practically, clients come away re-thinking the way work gets done in their organizations.

I am amazed at the ingenuity people show when they are inspired to embed a positive culture into daily work operations. The process looks different for each client, but the results are mostly the same: happier people that are thriving at work, fueling greater success in their organizations.

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