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

The Positive Psychology of the Underdog

March 21, 2012 by ·

Four wins, 104 losses. That was the all-time record of the teams seeded at #15 heading into this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament for men. This year, in their first game, the #15-seeds went 2-2. This is why people love the NCAA tournament: A chance to root for the... Read More

Why NCAA Basketball is Good for You!

March 16, 2012 by ·

Buzzer beaters. Cinderellas. Bracket buster upsets. This can only mean one thing. It’s March Madness! Aside from being happy that your team is in the NCAA tournament and even happier when your team wins its first game, why should you care? Can tuning into college basketball games be good... Read More

Character Strengths and Best Picture (Oscars 2011)

February 25, 2012 by ·

As I mentioned yesterday, positive psychology movies are not only the lighthearted films that inspire and elevate us but also the movies that teach us something about the human condition, help us face our suffering, and shine a light on pain and tragedy. In this article, you’ll find movies... Read More