Re-discover Happiness with Laughter and Humor

April 25, 2012 by ·

I used to lead a laughter group a few times a year for clients at a psychotherapy clinic. The group was interactive and educational. The purpose was to highlight the therapeutic benefits of laughter. Participants were encouraged to bring jokes, funny stories, and come dressed in costume. There was... Read More

New Ways To Happiness with Strengths

April 20, 2012 by ·

Need a happiness boost? Discover your signature strengths and use them in a new way each day. Research has found this intervention gives a boost to happiness and a decrease to depression, with some studies finding effects lasting up to six months. Below are examples of how this intervention... Read More

ROAD-MAP To Strengths Use

April 18, 2012 by ·

When you are exploring your VIA character strengths or attempting to help someone connect more with their own, it is useful to have some guideposts. In other words, everyone needs a “road map” at one point or another, and the phrase “road map” can also serve as an acronym... Read More

Using Mindfulness and VIA Strengths To Overcome Anxiety

April 15, 2012 by ·

A few years ago, I worked with a middle-aged man (I’ll call him “Jim”) who was legally blind and suffered from social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Jim also experienced panic attacks. He wanted to learn to manage his anxiety better and to not have to take his anti-anxiety pills.... Read More

Losing Your Mindfulness? Find Redemption With Your Strengths

April 13, 2012 by ·

Awhile back I was struggling to turn out of a downtown parking garage. Growing impatient, I forced my car into the traffic so I could get on with my day. In doing so I cut off another driver and I became the recipient of a short barrage of honks.... Read More

Depression? Turn to your VIA Strengths!

April 11, 2012 by ·

Using your top VIA strengths – your signature strengths – has been shown to be effective to increasing happiness and decreasing depression. Several scientific studies have shown this. As a psychologist for many years helping clients with depression, I focused heavily on what was wrong. I asked my clients... Read More

Tiger Woods: A Man of Character?

April 9, 2012 by ·

In the midst of the most prestigious golf tournament of the year, the Masters, Tiger Woods is trying to solidify his comeback. He needs a major championship in order to seal the deal. A few years ago, he lied. He cheated on his wife. Repeatedly. He let down fans.... Read More

What Are The Signature Strengths of Katniss (from The Hunger Games)?

April 7, 2012 by ·

VIA signature strengths are at the core of our identity. They are our essence…they are what make us glow. Maybe you shine when you express kindness or hope? Or perhaps when you use humor or creativity? Whenever we express a signature strength we are probably at our best –... Read More

Build Your Courage by Learning from The Hunger Games

April 5, 2012 by ·

How can the movie, The Hunger Games, possibly teach us something about developing character strengths? This movie can teach us ways to increase our courage. No doubt the premise of The Hunger Games is awful and disturbing – a society in which children must kill other children until there is... Read More

What Are Your Signature Strengths?

March 23, 2012 by ·

If you’re like most people (myself included), then you have work to do in terms of understanding your strengths. Survey research has found that most people do not have a meaningful awareness of their strengths. What’s more, it’s all-too-common for people to underuse their strengths. We forget to take... Read More