Feedback & Testimonials
“I must admit, as a formally trained scientist in behavioral neuroscience, I had a very skeptical disposition as I sat in the audience at the beginning of Scott’s presentation to our growth team. I was quickly won over by Scott’s commitment to citing real, peer-reviewed research as he made claims to the audience. Even more, when Scott was offering his personal opinion or advice, he made that clear as well. In the normal everyday cacophony of junk science, Scott’s approach was seriously refreshing. Scott’s presentation was one of the most meaningful presentations I can recall seeing and I highly recommend him to any organization wanting to support their people and improve their culture and productivity!” –Andy Bane, Ph.D. Chief Operating Officer Vetsource, Inc.
“The tie to science was so impactful. Cathy is very knowledgeable and insightful. She was able to answer questions and give very specific strategies for improvement.
I am very very grateful for this session, and hope to take the content deeper by incorporating the learning into my goals for 2021 and how happiness feeds meaning and purpose.” — Priti Ahuja, Dallas ISD
“Scott Crabtree made a difference in Silver Falls School District. His welcoming and positive efforts resulted in a new appreciation of collaboration with our administrators. They are now a higher performing team. His presentation to all 475 employees of the district was perfectly themed to help address the recent changes in our district. Being happy and productive at work makes a difference. Thank you Scott!” – Andy Bellando, Superintendent
“As an HR personnel, I found it as my responsibility to make sure that my team is always at their best. And their best can only be achieved if they are happy and motivated at work. I recently did an employee survey wherein I found that a lot of our employees are demotivated because of the on-going pandemic. So I tried searching for seminars that would help put their mind at ease. I was immediately drawn to Happy Brain Science and their sessions.
I was definitely not disappointed as Cathy is not only knowledgeable, but also relatable. I appreciate how she talked about her experiences and provided us with insights on how we are in control of our own happiness. The activities are well crafted as well and it got the whole team (even those who barely interact) together. Cathy is very warm and welcoming and it felt nice to be able to talk with her and the whole team that isn’t always about work. I will definitely recommend Happy Brain Science to my other HR contacts!” – Richelle Grace Galla, Ditto Music Philippines
“The online course Thrive from 9-5 is the perfect mix of interaction and teaching, as I learned about the science of happiness I found myself invigorated by the new knowledge that I can control my own happiness. As I went through the lessons I found myself making goals and plans on how to implement the lessons into my everyday life. The included worksheets are great for reflecting and focusing on what YOU can do to increase your happiness. I would recommend this course to everyone!” – Grant Shonkwiler, Shonkadventures
“Scott Crabtree is on my short-list of effective and memorable presenters. His Happy Brain Science workshops have significantly impacted my life for the good. He speaks from a vantage point of humanity and studied-knowledge, from grounded seriousness and great humor, from recognition of our foibles and deep empathy. I recommend Scott’s workshops to anyone who wants to enhance the way they view and approach their life!” – Tom Erhardt, Oregon Employment Department
“I just started leading a team that has experienced an enormous amount of change and uncertainty over the last three years. After Happy Brain Science’s workshop, I shared the gratitude model and passed out cards to everyone. I physically felt the room change. It was wonderful. I am looking forward to applying more of the engagement lessons Ayla shared, especially SCARF and focusing on strengths. I can’t thank Happy Brain Science enough.” – Tiffany Reagan, DHS/OHA Leadership Academy
“I’ve played a lot of games on positive psychology, and this is the best one. Hands down.” – Seph Fontane Pennock, Co-founder, Positive Psychology Program B.V.
“Scott Crabtree’s presentation was one of the most influential and profound ones I have ever seen. A couple weeks later, our employees shared with their colleagues the impact of the new behaviors they had implemented in their routines. More productive meetings, better workflow, and improved working relationships were expressed time and time again.” – Pete Gibson, Energy Trust of Oregon
Choose Happiness @ Work was a resounding success. In fact, if our group’s laughter disturbed any of our office members, I apologize – but my team really had fun. The game served as a great team building exercise, as well as an opportunity to touch on some of the ‘soft responsibilities’ that relate to solving problems at work. – David Yokom, M.Sc, P.Eng, Queens University
“Thank you so much for your amazing presentation. I heard many people say that this was the best training they have ever had at Childswork. Your presentation helped us all to grow as individuals, as professionals and as members of a community. The combination of hard science and very personal emotion made for both a credible argument, as well as one that each of us could relate to as individuals. I am seeing lots of smiles in the hallways and people talking about little changes they have made to make their lives happier!” – Kim Hill, Executive Director, Childswork Learning Center
We used Choose Happiness @ work at our training last week and it went great! The managers (It was HR training for managers) were a little unsure at first, but as the game rolled on there was so much laughing and discussing going on, it was awesome! The participants didn’t want to stop playing, and since then we have loaned out our copies to some of our departments to play with other teams. Thank you for coming up with such a fun and interactive game that is actually constructive too. – Ian Wiggins, MA HRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP & Senior Human Resources Generalist, Wauna Credit Union
Ayla gave wonderful, inspiring presentations on Employee Engagement and The Science of Happiness to the staff of Portland Juice Company. The team really enjoyed learning about happiness in the workplace, and how it relates to both productivity at work and also overall well-being. Ayla was effective, very knowledgeable, and also fun! I highly recommend Happy Brain Science workshops for companies looking to increase productivity, solve problems in the workplace, or simply foster happiness among team members. – Liv Nolan, Owner, Portland Juice Co.
“I tried Choose Happiness @ Work in my Team Development course–it was a success! It re-energized the group of 11 people, and the science behind each Solution was especially useful in credibly explaining the why behind it. This was good learning for a group of people who had never been exposed to positive psychology concepts and strategies before. After the game, they chose to stay in the large group configuration as one big team. This decision demonstrated the team development that when people feel safe they naturally trust and cooperate with each other. It was kind of a light bulb moment when they realized that this had happened! Thanks for creating a great game!” – Alexis Leclair, Uptake Consulting
Scott is a fantastic presenter. He has knowledge and rapport with audience, but most important to me, a degree of humility and self-deprecation in his presentation. Brilliant job. – Dean Miller, Hewlett-Packard
Choose Happiness @ Work can be an ice breaker, a team builder, a leadership development tool, a brainstorming inspiration, a cultural leverand a solo problem-solver. Really, you are only limited by your imagination. No matter how you use this game, it’s enjoyable and thought-provoking. – Lisa Sansom, Vice-Chair, Canadian Positive Psychology Association; Founder, LVS Consulting
The practice of flowing positive energy gets results fast. I am personally seeing results since incorporating ideas from your workshop. Thank you for the useful information. In addition, your presentation is so fun, heartfelt, and engaging! Any person, in any position, at any organization can learn and grow from Scott’s information. we look forward to welcoming him back in the future! – Dina Newsom, Prestige Care, Inc.
We love to play the Choose Happiness @ Work game in our training sessions! Players learn a lot and have fun together. Awesome tool. – Maartje Wolff, Co-Founder, Happy Office
Sitting down for a coaching session with Scott was like having our own personal live interactive TED talk and super fun therapy session. We walked out of the Happy Brain Science office completely jazzed, inspired and equipped with very tangible and specific things we are going to do that will help us grow our tiny house company. Thank you so much!! – Joan Grimm and Dee Williams, Portland Alternative Dwellings, LLC
Happy Brain Science delivered a fun and memorable workshop focused on employee happiness, and has made a significant positive difference for Family Building Blocks. We work with families facing difficult life circumstances, and our jobs can be very challenging. During the workshop, we played an actual game that was not only creative and educational, it also helped us learn new science-based ways to solve work problems. I highly recommend Happy Brain Science to any organization that could use more top notch tools to foster happiness and productivity at work. – Patrice Altenhofen, Executive Director, Family Building Blocks
I had the good fortune to attend one of Scott Crabtree’s seminars. His enthusiastic and engaging presentation prompted me to ask him to work with me as a coach. I’m so thankful I did! Scott’s guidance and ability to bring clarity to the topics we discuss has better equipped me to lead, broadened my perspective on my career, and helped me identify how best to get things done in my organization. From helping me rediscover knowledge and skills I’d forgotten I possessed, to exploring new ways to tackle challenges, our time working together has made me a much more focused and effective leader. I’m especially grateful for our talks on playing to strengths, as they have reignited my passion for developing people, and had an immediate, positive impact on how I work. No smoke and mirrors here – Scott’s counsel is packed with actionable information. If you are even slightly curious about how coaching can help you, I encourage you to reach out to Scott. His sessions are well structured, and very productive. In addition, he’s a really smart guy to work with, and truly wants to help you succeed. You won’t regret it. – Rob mason, Compliance Manager, Hachette Book Group
“Sessions were extremely helpful in giving me a different perspective on how I perceive things on a daily basis, both in my work life and personal. Scott is very real and knew how to get me thinking about things that I thought I already had good insight on, but really didn’t. I love how Scott let me work at my own pace so I could internalize what was covered. Due to Happy Brain Science coaching I am now able to stop during certain “trigger point” times and reflect on a different way to view what is happening.” – Jennifer, Vice President of Sales
Scott Crabtree is a unique individual who applies scientific rigor to the design of a game that increases positivity and productivity. — Sivasailam Thiagarajan, Founder, Game Designer, and Resident Mad Scientist, The Thiagi Group
I’m always looking for new ways to help my team grow and work together. I recently had my team play Choose Happiness @ Work. The results were great. We were talking–and laughing and yes, tears were shed. People really opened up and communicated about how they solve problems at work. We discussed real problems, and real solutions to solve those problems. I’d recommend this tool to anyone who wants to get their team talking and working together. It was a great experience and I know we’ll use it again. – Liz Dahlager, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
“Thanks for your excellent presentation; it was a huge hit! And, on a personal level, I also very much enjoyed your program and I’m applying what I learned every day!” – Marco Materazzi, Attorney, Tonkon-Torp LLP
“I own a project-based organization that is in a constant state of change. I felt like I needed some tools to help me address some of the issues I was facing at my organization that would help me become more effective and satisfied. Happy Brain Science is very effective at zeroing in on the underlying cause of a particular issue by asking the tough questions and then providing recommendations and offering techniques to address the issue. Happy Brain Science has done an outstanding job of helping me reshape the way I view my company and specifically my role in the organization, which has made me feel more focused, motivated and effective.” – Coaching Client
I will admit that I’m actually not a big fan of games…and I usually find that they can dumb down the science of positive psychology. Choose Happiness @ Work, however, is both fun, effective at getting to new solutions, and the science is well-represented and not overly complicated or overly simplified. I found many suggestions that I wanted to pull out so that I could remember them at work! – Shannon Polly, Founder, Shannon Polly & Associates
“Scott was great at our client event…and one of my favorite speakers I’ve worked with in advance, during the planning process. He was always professional and friendly. On site, he was proactive, knew what he needed to be successful, and brought a solution to any problem that arose.” – Krista, Owner and President of KF Events
I checked out Choose Happiness @ Work mostly as a fan of learning games and positive psychology, but I quickly found much more to like. I played it with co-workers, and within the first few minutes we had already come up with promising solutions to sticky problems. It side-stepped all the tension that could come from raising issues outside of this casual context. Best of all, it gave us concrete next steps. I wanted to take the cards out of the deck and tape them to my monitor! This is a tool I’ll turn to again and again, I’m sure. – Dan Roy, Game Designer
“Outstanding. Best lecture so far at GDC! Fascinating, actionable, galvanizing, can’t ask for more!” – Game Developers Conference attendee
“We found Scott’s presentation extremely helpful in assisting our managers and supervisors to increase their level of productivity. Since then, I have seen and heard numerous references to the material that he developed and presented.
For example, I just saw a sign on a colleague’s office reading that she was ‘in flow,’ and earlier in the day one of our General Managers indicated that he was now scheduling all his meetings during the most productive hours for his and his staff’s benefit.
These are perhaps small but particularly meaningful demonstrations that our group listened to and most importantly took away lessons that they are making part of their everyday life.” – Patrick McShane, Executive VP, InnSight Hotel Management Group
“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 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, HR Business Partner in IT, Fortune 100 Company
“I just wanted to follow up and say thanks for a great workshop…it was fun, informative, and all around a good time chocked full of useful material. Lots of great takeaways from those few hours and I’m eagerly trying to use what I learned that day while on the job.” ~ Justin Thavirat, major video game development company
“We were very pleased with how well Scott Crabtree’s Happy Brain Science programs were received by our members. Their individual comments included:
‘I wish I could rate Scott Crabtree a 10! His Presentation was excellent!’
‘Scott Crabtree one of the best I’ve been to–interesting, humorous, informative.’
‘Scott Crabtree was by far the most interesting. [He] gave us concrete practices to take with us. Am already using his information at work and with my staff.” ~ Nancy Moffatt, CSBA, Executive Director, Washington Association of School Business Officials
“Before the Happy Brain Science seminar, I had never been involved in a corporate training that…
- Only received positive feedback
- Has lots of positive momentum
- Truly adds value and immediately had a positive impact
- Changes the way people think about their day for the positive.
If my calendar had been more flexible that day, I would have attended a second time.” – Utah Retirement System employee
“Scott offers a science based view to managing performance that is unique. My management teams are using his insights to help improve productivity and morale for our product development organization.” – Chris Satchell, CTO and EVP of R&D, IGT
“Best Training Day ever!”
“Great connection with things I do.”
Finding a presenter who can inspire employees while giving them new tools to help them with their work and their daily lives – it just doesn’t get much better than that!“ – Mandy Jones, CEO, Oregon Community Credit Union
“I had the pleasure of attending Scott’s presentation at GDC Online. Scott does an excellent job of engaging his audience, providing specific suggestions for improving team happiness, and backing everything up with scientific data. If you have the chance to attend one of Scott’s talks, don’t miss out!” – Steve Kwan, Project Lead, Electronic Arts
“The Happy Brain Science talk was easily one of the best I attended in Austin. None of the other sessions gave me that ‘mind blown’ feeling, and it gave me an entirely new perspective regarding past teamwork experiences and what I could have done to improve them. The walking meeting and maintaining a 3:1 positive to negative comments ratio are both amazing ideas that I plan to put into practice.” – Rob Buchheit, Producer, Designer, and Writer
“My work with Scott was a catalyst for personal organization/prioritization, a new resume, more clarity in my personal vision and the realization that I needed a LOT of help. His astute observations helped me find and take critical next steps. I am very appreciative.” – Kate Chase, MBA, LMP
“I had the opportunity to participate in Happy Brain Science’s session, “Fun makes Fun” at this year’s AGDC. I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU! It was hands down, the best session I have ever had the pleasure of attending at any GDC event. I found it wonderfully educational and well delivered.” – Richard J. Rasmussen, Customer Service Manager, ZeniMax Online Studios
“Scott helped me rediscover things I already knew about myself and the next steps in my career on some level, but was not ready to clarify and put into action. Now I am.” – Zach Bogatz, major video game development company
“Everyone loved the presentation. We haven’t had that much audience participation in years!” – Jill Pedersen, Columbia Benefit Solutions