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Welcome to Flourish Forward - the only newsletter in the world combining evidence-based insights from positive psychology and self-leadership 💥 I'm thrilled to have you here, and I'd love to share why I started this newsletter, what you can expect from it, and how it can help you on your personal growth journey 🤓


My biggest passion is to help people realise their potential and live life to the fullest. This drive of mine started at a young age - hearing adults talk about their regrets and yet not harnessing the opportunities they had in front of them put my head into overspin 🤯

I remember thinking that you could divide the world into two kinds of people: Those who go for it vs those who get in their own way. I NEEDED to understand what mindsets and behaviours distinguished the two - and how we can distil that to help others accomplish their biggest desires.

🎛️ I also loved stories of people who had near-death experiences and reported that, since then, they lived every day to the fullest - like a switch had been flicked. I was determined to find out how to flick my switch. And, I was going to empower others to do the same.

After years of working in research, consulting, and coaching, I discovered that the answer can be found in positive psychology and self-leadership:

💫 Positive psychology science answers the questions of how we can live a good, happy, and purposeful life and realise our potential.

💫 Self-leadership is what allows us to translate it all into reality through cultivating the right mindsets and self-influence techniques.


With Flourish Forward, I bring you the latest insights, tools, and strategies from both fields straight into your inbox to support your journey towards a life that feels not only right, happy and exciting but also intentional, meaningful and deeply fulfilling.

Here's what you can expect from Flourishing Forward:

Evidence-based content (aka stuff that works)

As a trained psychologist and researcher, and a firm believer in the power of science, I'll provide you with well-researched and evidence-based information to help you understand and apply the principles of positive psychology and self-leadership.

Latest research insights

Stay up-to-date with the latest findings in positive psychology and self-leadership through accessible and engaging summaries of key research papers and studies.

Curated recommendations

I'll share valuable resources worth reading, listening to, or watching from the field, including books, podcasts, videos, and more.

Tools for skill development

Hone your self-leadership skills with practical tools, exercises, and techniques that you can apply in your daily life to foster personal growth and well-being.

My latest blog articles

Get access to my newest blog posts where I explore various topics related to positive psychology, self-leadership, and personal development.

Downloadable infographics

Visualise complex ideas and concepts with easy-to-understand infographics that you can download and share with others.

Inspiring, thought-provoking & motivating quotes

Receive a regular dose of motivation and inspiration through thought-provoking and uplifting quotes from leading figures in the field.

And so much more…!

Hi, I’m Maike 🙋🏼‍♀️

I’m the founder of The Flourishing Doc. I’m a psychologist and have done a doctorate specialising in the most effective behaviour change strategies to create change in our lives. I’m a positive psychology lecturer and honorary research fellow at The University of Queensland, a qualified positive psychology practitioner and coach, scientific editor at PositivePsychology.com, a highly-cited author and global keynote speaker.

I’m also a mum of two teenage boys and am travelling the world with my family as digital nomad. I come from a working-class family and have had my fair share of hurdles in life. But I also have a looot of energy, can be a tad loud, and love nothing more than connecting and celebrating life with inspiring humans.

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Dr Maike Neuhaus

I help people and organisations understand what humans need to FLOURISH so that they can realise their potential and create impacts and a reality that excite them.