Dr. Suzy Green's Answers to Thriving Interview

Updated: Oct 18, 2019

Answers to Thriving with Dr. Suzy Green
Answers to Thriving with Dr. Suzy Green

Dr. Suzy Green is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist (MAPS) and the CEO and Founder of The Positivity Institute, an organisation dedicated to the research and application of Positive Psychology for life, school, and work.


The ‘Answers to Thriving' is an ongoing interview series that takes a look at the women who have created a life of success. We uncover key moments, lessons and habits that have influenced the life they lead today.


You can’t start the day without:

A ten-minute, guided mindfulness practice – it really settles me and gives me a sense of calm and focus to begin my day.

A favourite quote:

“Go forth and set fire to the world”

by Mary Ward

One wellness ritual you do regularly:

As well as mindfulness, I prioritise exercise – it’s a great anxiety management tool.

A podcast you love:

Making Positive Psychology Work by Michelle McQuaid.

A recommended read for personal growth:

There are so many, but one of the most powerful for me was The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. It’s more spiritual and philosophical than scientific. Another classic is Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers.

Which business or person inspires you right now and why?

I’m a big of a fan of Mark Bouris. He ran Wizard Home Loans and now he runs Yellow Brick Road, which is a financial company for mortgages. He had a TV show last year called The Mentor and has a podcast too. He’s really passionate about small businesses in Australia and he often interviews people in the early start-up stage, or a few years in and asks them what have they learnt, what would they do differently and gives them business advice. I learn something new every time I listen to him and he’s genuinely trying to help small businesses in Australia.

Have there been any people who have particularly helped you progress in your career and if so, how have they supported you?

I’ve had some amazing mentors and supporters in my career. I left school at sixteen to go to secretarial college, which was something I was very good at, but I got bored very quickly. I then met my p