Ten Mistakes Parents Today Make

January 22, 2014 by ·

We want to thank Kari Kampakis, a columnist, blogger, and former children’s photographer from Birmingham, Alabama, for sharing her personal story that all parents can learn from about growing strengths in their children. When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child.... Read More

Celebrating Strengths: Bringing Character Strengths Into Schools

January 17, 2014 by ·

Jenny Fox Eades, a respected education advisor and author, created a program called Celebrating Strengths to introduce positive psychology into schools. We are thrilled that she will be sharing with us and our blog readers a post series on her program. This is the second in her series. To... Read More

Tips For Using Your Strengths On Vacation

January 15, 2014 by ·

Located in Australia, Counselor Julia Barnard shares her tips for making the most of your travels. It’s easy to think that our approach to life is the right one and everyone else is wrong. However, if we can learn to be more open minded, we allow ourselves to be... Read More

Helen Keller Taught Us About Believing In Strengths

January 13, 2014 by ·

Before her first birthday, Helen Keller lost both her sight and her hearing. And, what she learned as a result was that one’s abilities are not destined by nor determined by what is lacking. Rather one’s abilities rest in one’s strength to look inward and realize personal success can... Read More

Our VIA Strength Challenge – Practice Forgiveness

January 10, 2014 by ·

It is time for our weekend VIA Strength Challenge and this week our focus is on forgiveness. When you practice forgiveness, you experience less of the negative emotions of anger, anxiety, depression and hostility. In the workplace there are a number of potential benefits from your strength of forgiveness... Read More

A Strength-Based Look Beneath The Bully

January 9, 2014 by ·

Fiona Trembath, author and strengths-based educator, shares this insight and perspective on bullying. To learn more about Fiona, please visit www.fromstrengthtostrength.com.  An interesting thing about bullying: there’s fear on both sides. Where the bully is motivated by fear; the bullied is fearful. Just as a bully’s underlying distrust, jealousy... Read More

What Happens When You Consider The ‘Sense Of’ Strengths

January 7, 2014 by ·

Contributed by:  Patty Newbold is a marriage educator and author of http://AssumeLove.com. A Sense of Honor It started when I passed a billboard the other day. It had a photo of a Marine in full dress uniform and the words “A sense of honor.” I thought ah, one of... Read More

VIA Survey Or StrengthsFinder

January 6, 2014 by ·

The strengths movement in psychology, education, business, coaching, and related fields offers a welcomed shift from traditional approaches that focus on weaknesses and deficits. But, do you ever get confused about the differences between the strengths surveys that are out there? The VIA Survey (VIA Institute on Character) and... Read More

This Weekend, We Challenge You To Practice Kindness

January 3, 2014 by ·

#Kindness   is one of our VIA strengths. This weekend, our Strengths Challenge is to practice that strength by performing a random act of kindness. Then think about how it made you feel and how it made your recipient feel. We’d love to hear from you on Monday how... Read More

Tips For Boosting Your Five Happiness Strengths

December 23, 2013 by ·

The science of positive psychology has revealed five character strengths that are particularly connected with higher levels of happiness: ZEST, HOPE, GRATITUDE, CURIOSITY and LOVE Are you high in any of these character strengths? According to research by the VIA Institute on Character, over 75 percent of people have... Read More