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

Tips For Boosting Your Happiness

November 7, 2013 by ·

Think about the best things in your life. What would your life be like without your supportive husband, your good health, your house, or your college degree? When it comes to creating more happiness in life, experts usually tell us to add more things—get a dog, build a friendship,... Read More

How To Help Students Thrive Using Character Strengths

November 5, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Therese Joyce for reminding us, that ALL students (even those who have acted out) have the abilities to succeed if educators and other caring adults focus on the students’ strengths. Below is a true story shared by Joyce.   “Recently I was presenting a workshop... Read More

From Sadness To Scotland’s Happiness Day

November 1, 2013 by ·

As Kim Macleod has learned, life is not always easy but it is in those dark moments when your inner strengths help to pull you through and flourish, reaching for goals that never even existed until after tragedy struck.  After the loss of her young son, Kim has chosen... Read More

How Mindfulness Leads To Feeling Love

October 30, 2013 by ·

Sometimes people in the world of strengths make this comment: “I already use my strengths. Why should I bother to use them more?” Here’s a story to explain why: Last week, I sat down and watched my mother and my wife express love to my 2-month old son who... Read More

Teaching Youth To Flourish With Strengths And Sails

October 14, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Clive Leach, a coach and facilitator in Sydney, Australia, for contributing this post.   I am grateful. Not too difficult for me as gratitude consistently ranks as one of my top VIA signature strengths. I am grateful because my work as an organisational coach affords... Read More