Life Experiences Are Our Greatest Teachers Of Perspective

December 16, 2013 by ·

Patty Newbold is a marriage educator and author of Here she shares her personal story of how life taught her some important lessons on having perspective as one of your VIA character strengths. Back when I had the great pleasure of putting the VIA Strengths Survey online for... Read More

Celebrating Strengths: A School Project Using VIA Strengths

December 11, 2013 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 first in her series. Please... Read More

Express Your Strength Of Zest For Greater Happiness

December 10, 2013 by ·

We invite you to watch this video and tap into your strength of zest and enthusiasm! Did you Know– expressing your strength of zest can lead to greater happiness? (Please click on the image below or click here to watch the video.) If you would like a copy of... Read More

What Are Your Strengths?

December 3, 2013 by ·

Navigating the different types of strength Human beings have a variety of strengths, coming in different degrees and types. While scientific research will continue to offer distinctions and parse those qualities that are strongest in human beings, what follows are some conceptual perspectives. If you’ve been reading my blogging... Read More

AIM For Character Strengths, And Happiness

December 2, 2013 by ·

Lisa Sansom, chief positive interventionist with LVS Consulting, shares some tips for taking AIM on VIA character strengths in business. In business and in life, focus on strengths to enhance productivity and happiness.   Let’s consider a couple of workplace scenarios. What would you do in each situation? Situation... Read More

Tips For Using VIA Character Strengths To Boost Happiness

November 28, 2013 by ·

Research shows that the five VIA character strengths most highly related to life satisfaction are hope, zest, gratitude, curiosity and love. As the holidays approach and 2013 comes to a close, let’s focus on specific interventions to boost each of these character strengths and end this year with a... Read More

Lessons In Character Strength Learned From Running Challenge

November 19, 2013 by ·

In this first of a two-part series, Australia counselor and author of How to Be Happy, Julia Barnard shares her memorable story of practicing VIA character strengths in a fun year-long challenge with her brother. Running into strengths Every year at school we used to have time trials as... Read More

This Father Demonstrates It Is The Simple Things That Count

November 12, 2013 by ·

In life it is so easy to get caught up in our hectic schedules and pressures. Clay Brizendine – a busy professional with a demanding career, a husband and a father – tells the story of a special moment shared with his daughters. He demonstrates so many VIA strengths... Read More

Gratitude Experienced In A Yoga Class

November 11, 2013 by ·

“Do you know those moments in life when time seems to stand still? The air around you stalls, your mind locks—taking a mental picture, and you realize that this is a moment you will always remember. I recently experienced this phenomenon at a rather unexpected place—a Vinyasa yoga class.”... Read More

Practice Your Gratitude Strength

November 8, 2013 by ·

It is time for our weekend challenge – this weekend our focus is on #gratitude. Research shows that expressing gratitude positively correlates with life satisfaction, optimism, longevity, and lower levels of anxiety and depression (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). One of the most widely used interventions for boosting this VIA... Read More