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What does it take to flourish? We started Flourish FM to share cutting edge research from world experts on how to thrive, so you can take away big ideas and practical steps to enhance your life, the lives of others, and, ultimately, make the world a better place.


Flourish FM is hosted by Dr. Jon Beale and Dr. Nick Holton, and in collaboration with the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, and The Shipley School

"I love the idea of flourishing being the primary theme of a podcast as oppossed to some molecular level of self-improvement."

-Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.

George Mason Distinguished Researcher & Professor of Psychology, Bestselling Author

"I love the project you guys are working on and I have immense respect for you guys. It was wonderful."

-Scott Barry Kaufman Ph.D.

Columbia University Distinguished Researcher & Professor of Psychology, Bestselling Author

About Nick & Jon


Nick Holton, PhD


Jon Beale, PhD

Dr. Nick Holton's work focuses on helping individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations become better version of themselves through the application of the cutting-edge science of human flourishing, a synergistic development of both peak performance and overall well-being & fulfillment.


Nick currently serves as a private coach and consultant, working with individuals and groups ranging from professional athletes, NCAA programs, educational institutions, and fortune 500 businesses. He is also a peak performance coach for the Flow Research Collective and the Co-Director of Human Flourishing for the Shipley School. His work is international, having worked with clients, given talks or delivered trainings across the U.S. and Europe, India, Australia, Uganda, Singapore, Mexico, South America and many more.


In addition to reviewing manuscripts for the Journal of Happiness Studies, Dr. Holton is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, the International Positive Psychology Association, and the International Positive Education Network.

Dr Jon Beale is a researcher, educator, coach and consultant whose research focuses on human flourishing. He is an Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, a Research Fellow and Teacher of Philosophy at Sevenoaks School, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has previously held positions as Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University (2011-13) and Researcher-in-Residence at Eton College (2019-21). His current research projects include how to build resilience; the role of human flourishing in education’s aims; and investigating how to facilitate flow – the psychological state of optimal performance and experience – in learning environments to improve learning and well-being.


Jon is co-editor of four books on philosophy and education, including The Future of Education: Reimagining its Aims and Responsibilities, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He has 30 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters in leading academic journals, book publishers and media outlets, including The New York Times, and has edited four journal issues, including the Harvard Review of Philosophy. He has also been interviewed by publications including The Psychologist and podcasts including Flow Research Collective Radio and has been invited to review articles for leading academic journals and book publishers including the Philosophical Quarterly and MIT Press.

About Our Supporters

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Matthew Lee, PhD

Director of Emperical Research, the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. He is a member of the Global Study of Human Flourishing research team, and he leads the Program's Community of Practice. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Health, Flourishing, and Positive Psychology at Stony Brook University’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, a non-resident Research Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, and a Visiting Scholar at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is co-editor of Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities and co-author of The Heart of Religion: Spiritual Empowerment, Benevolence, and the Experience of God’s Love, both published by Oxford University Press.   Flourishing.

Our Supporters

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David Johnson, PhD

The Shipley School

University of Oxford. Programme Research Lead for the ESRC-DFID Raising learning Outcomes in Education Systems Research Programme and Academic Lead for the Aga Khan Foundation funded Research Programme on Education and Uncertainty.

He is a Chartered Educational Psychologist who studies learning and cognition and is particularly interested in tracking learning progression in national systems of education over time. Recent work includes time series studies of learning in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Sudan

The Shipley School is a leading institution in the practices of educating for human flourishing. Educating to flourish is an approach to educational practice that promotes a focus on actualizing human potential. While this means continuing to prioritize the development of traditionally “academic” competencies, it also recognizes that these competencies are a small part of what leads human beings to live good, impactful lives. Using data-driven methods backed by various scientific fields such as neuroscience, educational psychology, behavioral economics, positive psychology and more, the goal of Shipley’s approach is to cultivate flourishing, the synergistic combination of well-being and optimal performance. Further, to do so for all constituencies that make up the entire Shipley community.

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