How Catherine Bell Made People at Work Smile: The Positive Psychology Toolkit

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Seven days ago, I received a heart-warming email from our toolkit member Catherine. It brought tears to my eyes. Why?

Because I’m mostly sitting behind my laptop (and so is Hugo, the main developer of the toolkit), with little idea on what kind of impact we are making in the real world.

How do all the positive psychology resources we help others? Emails like Catherine’s remind our team why we do what we do. I wanted to share her words with you, and offer one way practitioners can use this toolkit.

But I also want to share this with you how you can make a huge impact on others, by simply showing your heartfelt appreciation. Try doing this today. It’s powerful and it matters. 

Here’s a short interview with Catherine about how she uses the toolkit:

Catherine BellWho are you and what do you do?

My name is Catherine Bell and I’m a practitioner of Applied Positive Psychology. I run a consulting business in Organisational Development and Leadership in Melbourne, Australia.

What are you using the toolkit for?

I use the toolkit for activity ideas when working with 1:1 Coaching Clients, as well as groups. It’s also a great source of inspiration to spark new ideas for myself and my own happiness!

Can you share an example with us of how you put these PP tools into practice?

Last year I created a custom video series for a group of 50 people whose manufacturing plant is shutting down. They were in a very negative state, unable to concentrate at work in their remaining months and starting to feel the ill-effects of the stress and uncertainty in their home relationships.

They had already received enormous support from the company with career guidance, re-training and help in interview techniques and resume writing. But they were still (understandably) not in a positive emotional state.

The wonderful HR Manager contacted me for help as she wanted to do everything possible to support her workforce through their transition.

I produced a 12-part Resilience series for them with short videos and worksheets, including some exercises adapted from the toolkit. The results have been wonderful.

The HR Manager told me that for the first time in six months, people are starting to smile again at work, and great teamwork is returning. The culture has shifted back to being more productive and positive.

The staff is also feeling more optimistic about their prospects in new roles, which is helping them have better outcomes in their job search and in their home lives too. This work makes my heart SING! Thank you for a great toolkit that helped me make this happen for these beautiful people.

Would you recommend the positive psychology toolkit to other practitioners?

Absolutely! I have been a subscriber from the early days and the 2.0 update has taken the toolkit to a whole new level. As well as being a reliable source for great ideas and practical activities, the new tools that you keep adding, keep me coming back for more. I plan to keep up my subscription indefinitely.

Thank you so much for your amazing work, Catherine.

You make our hearts sing too.

About the Author

Seph Fontane Pennock, BBA, is the co-founder of Seph strongly believes that we can deal with most of life’s absurdities by leveraging human connection and challenging ourselves, instead of using dogma or pharmaceutical drugs.


  1. aylar

    hi Seph. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  2. Kobus du Toit

    Will you please be so kind to add this e-mail address to your distribution list?

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Done! Welcome Kobus 🙂

  3. Jill Sanford

    Great email, Seph! Thanks for sharing. I am just getting off the ground with my positive psychology practice and I am inspired by people’s success stories. I, too, am really enjoying the tool kit. Hugo was a big help in my formulation of how my 1:1 sessions will flow. Thanks to you both.
    – Jill

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Thank you Jill!
      I know Hugo’s coaching sessions are extremely impactful and am happy to hear that he helped you out. Hopefully you can be our next success story 😉


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