Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Offers Leadership Tips

September 11, 2013 by ·

 “There are many ways to be successful,” Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told fledgling start executives at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013. Dick gave his audience advice to lead effectively – communicate with clarity, find your superpower and leverage it in your own way. “As a leader, you need to... Read More

Using VIA Character Strengths In Sports And Performance

September 3, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Todd Dilbeck, MA, of  Positive Sport and Performance Coaching for sharing his insight and experience using VIA strengths to bring out the best in people.  Todd This is the first of a two-part post series. As a Sport and Performance Coach, I have found that... Read More

An Exercise To Practice Your Appreciation VIA Strength

August 29, 2013 by ·

For 3 days, carry with yourself a piece of paper. On it, write down everything you notice around you that is beautiful and wonderful from a flower in bloom to a ‘thank you’ or act of kindness. At the end of your 3 days, has your list grown? Have... Read More

Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder – A VIA Challenge

August 23, 2013 by ·

This past weekend I took a quick trip to Chicago, Illinois, to visit family and friends. One of my favorite “touristy” activities in the Windy City is the architectural boat tour—90 minutes of history, architecture and stunning views. So even though our time was limited, we fit the cruise... Read More

An Exercise on VIA Strength-Spotting

August 21, 2013 by ·

Earlier this week we posted this photo on our Facebook page and asked our fans to practice strength-spotting – what VIA strengths did they see in these two kids. Rachael Holdsworth did such a fabulous job thinking this through. We thought it would be a valuable learning tool for... Read More

From Mindless to Mindfulness

August 7, 2013 by ·

Learn how to make an impact on one of your bad habits. First, select one of your “bad” habits or vices. Pick something you are struggling with or bothered by and that you do each day. Then, consider one way you will bring greater mindfulness to the habit or... Read More

SongwritingWith: Soldiers Movie Incorporates VIA Strengths

July 2, 2013 by ·

“I listen to these songs all the time. I don’t know what it is about them but they are helping me heal.”  ~ SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat participant Mary Judd’s program SongwritingWith:Soldiers will be featured in a prime time special on HLN – July 4th at 7pm EST. The program will... Read More

Transforming the Classroom

December 4, 2012 by ·

Picture this, your 5-year-old child comes running in the house after school and you have this interaction: “Mommy, mommy, I used perseverance at school today. “Really?! How did you do that?” “Because I just kept trying. I wanted to give up on a math problem because it was so... Read More

New Positive Psychology Exercise: What are Your “Defining Moments”?

August 9, 2012 by ·

Life is what happens between monotony and miracles, as one sage put it. Indeed, our lives are a collection of moments in time – some mundane and routine, some extraordinary, and many others. I’m not sure that we are shaped by every moment and every event of our lives,... Read More