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

Exploring Your Character Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

Now that you have taken the VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey, you have begun to build a general sense of awareness of what is best in you. Why not take this a step further? Probably the quickest way to dig deep into your character strengths is to get a... Read More

Ways To Use Your VIA Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

By: Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada Afroze Anjum, Psych.D, Toronto District School Board, Canada CORE VIRTUE: WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE acquisition and use of knowledge I. Curiosity : Curiosity is taking an interest in all of ongoing experience. It involves actively recognizing and... Read More

Integrating Mindfulness and Character Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

In this post we will answer these common questions about Mindfulness and the integration of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: -What is mindfulness? -What are character strengths? -Why integrate mindfulness and character strengths? -How do you practice with mindfulness and character strengths? What is mindfulness? The scientific definition of mindfulness... Read More

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VIA Strengths Images to Share

August 16, 2015 by ·

Below are some of our infographics we have created on our 24 VIA character strengths. Please share them on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook or other networks…or print them out to post on a wall. We use the hashtag #VIAstrengths.                      ... Read More

VIA Character Strengths at Work

July 19, 2015 by ·

The VIA Institute on Character joined up with workplace well-being expert and best-selling author, Michelle McQuaid, to check on the progress American workers are making in identifying and leveraging their strengths at work. 1,000 employees across the country, ranging in age from 18 to 55, were randomly surveyed to see... Read More

Hope For The Future

December 12, 2014 by ·

  The VIA strength of hope means that you expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control. Read More

The Value of Perspective

September 10, 2014 by ·

Perspective makes you valuable to others for counsel since you can help people see the big picture and alternative points of view. Being able to see things from a variety of perspectives is especially helpful in calming yourself and others during times of emotional upset. Read More

Do You Already Have the Solution to your Problem?

July 19, 2014 by ·

One of the most common reasons that individuals seek help from therapists, coaches and psychologists is to get assistance dealing with an issue they are currently struggling with, either internally (ie: depression/anxiety, weight management) or externally (ie: relationship issues, work disengagement). Everyone is dealt their fair share of problems,... Read More