The Institute of Subjective Well-Being (ISWB), operating from Vancouver (Canada), is devoted to sharing both established and pioneering research in the field of subjective well-being, more commonly known as happiness.

Frank Ra

happiness meditation Frank is the founder of the Institute of Subjective Well-Being. He is Italian, has spent most of his adult life in North America, England and Estonia, and travelling around the World. He settled in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. He is a Dharma instructor; has been coaching and working in eCommunication since late 1995; he studied Dharma, Business, and graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Institute of Subjective Well-Being blog: for regular updates, news reviews, interviews, etc. you may visit our well-being blog on We offer below an overview of AmAreWay guest bloggers and AmAreWay cameo bloggers. Enjoy!

Guest bloggers

Dr Bernard J Baars Dr. Bernard J. Baars is former Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, and founding President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. He is interested in human language, the brain basis of consciousness, volition, and a variety of related topics. Baars pioneered a cognitive theory of consciousness called Global Workspace Theory, which is widely cited in philosophy and science. He blogs on and
Blue Eagle is a creator of therapeutic music, and writer of books of wisdom, with the view to enhancing awareness and well-being in humans and Nature. He blogs on

Carol Craig is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being and the author of three books including. She is the driving force of the Centre, constantly seeking new and innovative ideas to ensure that it maintains its leading role in the field of confidence and well-being. She blogs on
Elisha Goldstein is in private practice in West Los Angeles and co-author of “A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook”. As a licensed psychologist, he teaches mindfulness-based programs on his own and through InsightLA. His articles are published on Mindfulness and Psychotherapy (
Jessica L. Main leads the Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Chair on Buddhism and Contemporary Society (UBC Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program). Her research includes modern Buddhist ethics, and social action. She worked with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), investigating possible contributions of Buddhism to a physician’s ethic. Her posts here:
Justin Whitaker is an American philosopher and meditation practitioner, currently teaching Buddhist Philosophy in Bodh Gaya, India. He blogs on
Lynn D. Johnson received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in counseling psychology, and trained therapists in positive psychology and rapid treatment and coaching techniques from all over US, and also assisted organizations in Japan, England, Germany, and Spain. In his own words: “Dr. Lynn Johnson and his wife of 34 years have raised four happy children at home in their spare time” 🙂 He publishes
Brother Noah Yuttadhammo (born Noah Herschell Greenspoon) is a Canadian Buddhist monk, who lives in North America and Thailand, were he was ordained. He blogs on
Venerable Pannyavaro is the founder and webmaster of Buddhanet (, the Buddhist eLibrary ( and the World Buddhist Directory (, as well as founder and abbot and resident Vipassana teacher of Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Retreat Centre.
Rachel Collis is Australian, and has been working in the area of supporting people to create rich and meaningful lives for over 20 years. On she provides suggestions about building well-being based on current research in psychology, coaching and personal development.
Reet Ra is a hatha yoga and prenatal yoga teacher, who studied biology and ayurveda.
Rob Archer is a London-based management consultant and psychologist with 15 years board-level experience in both public and private sectors. Rob’s research is around the concept of ‘meaning’ in work. He blogs on
Ran Zilca is CEO and founder of Signal Patterns, leading developer of iPhone apps to facilitate well-being. He is known for his “Ride Of Your Life”, the story of a solo motorcycle trip from New York to California, interviewing world-renown scholars, coaches, researchers, authors, and spiritual leaders, in a quest for happiness, enlightenment, and inner peace.
Dr. Timothy J Sharp (Dr. Happy) is an academic, clinician and coach with three degrees in psychology (including a Ph.D.). He runs one of Sydney’s largest clinical psychology practices, and founded The Happiness Institute (, Australia’s first organisation devoted solely to enhancing happiness in individuals, families and organisations.

Cameo contributors

christine carter Christine Carter, Ph.D., is a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center best known for her science-based parenting advice. She is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and she teaches an online parenting class for a global audience.

You can follow her Greater Good blog at, and learn more about her parenting classes by going to

Her Cameo article is available on:

Jeremy McCarthy is the Director of Global Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he merges science, hospitality and holistic wellbeing
Dr. Russ Harris, as a GP, became increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of medical illness (and increasingly disenchanted with writing prescriptions). He soon developed a special interest in the branch of medicine known as psychoneuroimmunology, which investigates the intimate connection between the mind, the nervous system, and the immune system. Ultimately this led to a career change, and he now works as a therapist and as a coach. He took part in the reality-show “Making Australia Happy”. Credits for biography and picture:
Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Zen Abbot contributes to A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), dedicated to providing education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic. Picture courtesy of Christine Alicino. His post here is on: Visit
Patricia Campbell Carlson and Br. David Steindl-Rast contribute to A Network for Grateful Living (ANG*L), dedicated to providing education and support for the practice of grateful living as a global ethic. Their posts here are on: Visit
Jesi Kelley is an artist with a rich background, living in New York City. She blogs on
Leah Webber is pursuing her diploma as a registered holistic nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
Lokabandhu has been ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order for over 20 years. He lives and teaches at the Glastonbury Buddhist Community on Bove Town. See for more.

VIA Ryan M. Niemiec Dr. Niemiec is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a scientific, nonprofit organization that bridges the science and practice on character strengths. He is a licensed psychologist, certified coach, and practices & teaches mindfulness meditation.
Tambre Leighn, MA, Ct.H., CPC, ELI-MP is a certified professional coach. She is a published author and is currently writing her memoir about recreating her life after losing her husband to cancer nine years ago. Tambre specializes in guiding clients during periods of major transition.
Tracey Jackson is a screenwriter and author who blogs on her own site, as well as guest blogging for HuffPo, Tiny Buddha and Society for Drug Free America, she attempts daily to live as mindful a life as is possible.