Using Strengths to Understand Social Anxiety

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Social anxiety has always been examined with a deficit-based approach—exclusively looking at what’s wrong or weak. Until now. Newly published research shows how social anxiety can be linked to strengths expression, specifically overuse and underuse. It is possible to overuse any of your character strengths. For example, if you use too... Read More

Time to Get Off The Never-Ending Hamster Wheel—Live in Gratitude

September 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Nancy Fredericks, for this post on boosting the VIA strength of Gratitude.  Do you wake up most mornings with your mind furiously spinning as though you’re a hamster stuck inside the wheel of your work life? If so, you are not alone.... Read More

Focusing, Befriending and Flexing that 24th Strength

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Mary Kiley, for this post on boosting lesser strengths!  Focusing: Discovering the part of our personality that is in ‘last place’ can be similar to awkwardly greeting an old, fair-weather friend, with those swaggering eye rolls and smirks only barely masking an unwanted... Read More

Did the Solar Eclipse Make You Happier?

August 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States experienced a solar eclipse, a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. Many people gathered outside, with special glasses, to view the rare sighting. And, interestingly, afterwards many people reported feeling... Read More

Working With Teams? Weave In Strengths!

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Contributor, Fiona Hunter, for detailing below how VIA character strengths transform her workshops to build more effective teams.  Background I use the VIA for my strengths-in-teams work, and have used it for many years. I greatly appreciate the benefits that the VIA toolset offers, and in particular... Read More

Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

If You Have Found Mindfulness, Consider Yourself Lucky

June 16, 2017 by ·

Sometimes what is most obvious can be most impactful. This post is quite simple – nothing profound or earth shattering. Rather quite simple: “You are so lucky to have found mindfulness.” During a recent retreat with the monks and nuns of celebrated meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, that observation was made.... Read More

Politics has us all stressed out; regardless of party affiliation

May 15, 2017 by ·

Your strengths can work FOR you to manage stress. People on both sides of the political divide are feeling stressed about the future of our country according to new survey research from the American Psychological Association. The survey reviewed the most common stress management tools that Americans are currently using. I highlight these tools... Read More

Practicing Your Religion Has Multiple Benefits

April 13, 2017 by ·

Having a religion isn’t enough – you must practice that religion (new research shows).   For those that practice their religion, some of the benefits are more love, forgiveness, gratitude and kindness. Particularly when compared to those who don’t practice. The following three groups of people across three countries... Read More

Effective Ways to be Mindful: 5 more “mindful pause” activities

March 1, 2017 by ·

Have you heard of the mindful pause? It is a mindfulness strategy I introduced last year that focuses on taking action right away, tapping into your natural strengths. There are two simple steps: 1.) Pause for about 15 seconds to feel your inhale and exhale. 2.) Ask yourself: Which... Read More