Take Action! You Have The Power To Boost Your Strengths

July 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

According to Pablo Picasso, one of the most important artists of all time, “action is the fundamental key to all success.” I find this advice so critical when talking to people about character strengths. Exercise, exercise, exercise… and you can boost any of your strengths. For example, I recall... Read More

Research Reveals You Can Buy Happiness

June 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

You’ve probably heard the phrase: “money can’t buy happiness”. But, new research indicates that there might be a way to purchase a little bit of happiness with even a small amount of money. The secret to this is HOW you spend it. Question: If you were given a small amount... Read More

Men and Women: Are We Really That Different?

May 7, 2018 by ·

As I continue to give workshops on character strengths, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether men and women score higher on different strengths. Until recently, there hasn’t been much to say. But, we have some answers now that the largest research study on gender differences and character strengths was conducted... Read More

An Exercise On Seeing Your Future

April 18, 2018 by ·

Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” This is a great reminder that doing things now can set you up for future success. In fact, when was the last time you thought about what you want for... Read More

Mindful Strengths Parenting – Positive Reframing

March 23, 2018 by ·

A young couple became new parents to an energetic and delightful little boy. They worked hard to not take their parenting for granted, learning from their mistakes and trying to strike a balance between offering guidance/direction and allowing their son to explore and express himself. One day, when their... Read More

A New Way to Fight Stress at Work

March 14, 2018 by ·

If you are like most people, relaxation strategies are your “go-to” method for managing stress at work. Maybe you take a quick walk outside, listen to your favorite music or stop to chat with a co-worker about a non-work related subject. These are all examples of using relaxation to manage stress.... Read More

Real Tips from Real People: 6 Pathways to Positive Mental Health

February 28, 2018 by ·

Research indicates that there are 6 core themes that lead to well-being and positive mental health. In this post, I’ll break down the 6 themes and share tips from real people on how to use your character strengths to discover these pathways for yourself. 1.) Environmental mastery What it means:... Read More

Your Mindfulness Practice Contributes To A Better World

February 12, 2018 by ·

Have you ever thought about how a mindfulness practice not only benefits you, but benefits others as well? This story that came from a retreat with renowned meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (referred to as “Thay,” which is Vietnamese for “teacher”) exemplifies this. In each of Thay’s retreats, there is an opportunity... Read More

5 New Strategies To Help You Flourish

January 24, 2018 by ·

Use positive psychology research to learn how to go from floundering to flourishing. Read More

Greater Happiness Comes From Two Little Words

December 14, 2017 by ·

What if you treated everything as a gift, perpetually saying “thank you” all day, everyday? Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winning Poet, says this is what Spirituality is. Constant gratitude. What a great way to pursue the sacred of the present moment. Let’s take a page out of... Read More