Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by ·

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

Your Engagement At Work Depends on Your Positive Personality Traits

January 25, 2017 by ·

Our Education Director, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, was recently interviewed about the importance of character strengths and how they can help millennials become more engaged in their work. See full interview below. 1) Dr. Niemiec, can you tell us about yourself and how you became interested in strengths and positive psychology? Positive... Read More

Find Happiness in Unfamiliar Ways

July 18, 2016 by ·

I’ll start this blog with a little courage by admitting my lowest character strength. The strength that comes in last for me is… well… bravery. Yet this weekend I had the opportunity to try something that was out of my comfort zone, and not only did my bravery get... Read More

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A Tip For Talking Behind Someone’s Back

July 12, 2016 by ·

Recently, I ran into an acquaintance and we stopped to have a quick chat. We talked about a few different things and during the course of the conversation I mentioned how kind and considerate my mother-in-law is. She had recently taken a day off of work just to pick... Read More

Parent-Child Strengths Mapping

April 19, 2016 by ·

Being a parent is hard work. There is no job description that can fully prepare you for the responsibility, rewards, challenges and uncertainty that come with having children. How can you possibly nurture and guide this other person when you are still navigating life yourself? Well…you do it together!... Read More

Hopeful For What’s To Come

December 11, 2015 by ·

Hopeful individuals regularly look on the bright side of life. They find positives when others see only negatives, and they expect the best for the future. The strength of hope involves believing you can accomplish the goals that you set, even looking bravely beyond obstacles that may arise. Hopeful... Read More

Ok, Now What? Taking Action with Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

This is a common question practitioners ask after they have identified a client’s strength. Many times, it is the same question that the client is asking, as when they have taken the VIA Survey and received their rank-ordered list of 24 character strengths.  The following three-step process provides you... Read More

Signature Strengths-Frequency Analysis

August 18, 2015 by ·

Chris Peterson and Marty Seligman define signature strengths as “strengths of character that a person owns, celebrates, and frequently exercises”. They recommend taking a look at the top 5 ranked VIA character strengths as a point of departure in the process of identifying signature strengths. In August of last... Read More

Character Strengths in Practice

August 18, 2015 by ·

Research on character strengths by Chris Peterson and colleagues has been monumental to the field of positive psychology and has ushered in a new science of character that involves a classification system (VIA Classification) and a scientific measurement tool (VIA Survey). Over the last decade, this research has spurred... Read More

Character Strengths and Goal-Setting

August 18, 2015 by ·

Practitioners help clients set meaningful goals and use their strengths. Most practitioners know about the benefits of using signature strengths (those strengths that are energizing, feel authentic to use, are readily identified by others, and typically used across multiple settings). Research supports this (Rust et al., 2009; Seligman et... Read More