Tickle Your Funny Bone: 5 Humor Exercises to Get Happier!

October 20, 2016 by ·

Laughter can be a great way to reduce stress as is relaxes the whole body. But, did you know that you can use your strength of humor to create more happiness in the short term and the long run? New research from humor scientist, Willibald Ruch, and his team,... Read More

Focusing On Your Whole Self

September 29, 2016 by ·

By: VIA Contributor, Fatima Doman Stopping to get gas at a convenience store, I realized many of us are killing ourselves with our choices. The manager of the store, a friend of mine, was sitting on a bench outside taking a break. He was smoking and drinking a gigantic... Read More

Which Country Leads The World In Strengths Development?

August 29, 2016 by ·

Developing your strengths has been found to help people feel more confident, energized and engaged at work.  And while the VIA Survey makes discovering people’s strengths much easier, understanding what people can do to develop their strengths is still woefully under-researched. In an effort to close this gap, in... Read More

How To Frame A Client Meeting Around Strengths

August 23, 2016 by ·

One of the first “homework assignments” I give my new clients is to take the free VIA Survey through my VIA professional site. For a recent client I decided to have her take the survey through my VIA professional site and not show her the results upon completion. Her... Read More

Benefits of the VIA Survey- A Coach’s Perspective

August 16, 2016 by ·

As a life coach, I work side-by-side with my clients to help them set goals and be their best.  One tool that I find extremely helpful is the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.  I have found this to be a great starting point to build more self-awareness about your... Read More

Repairing Your Relationship “Fender-Benders”

July 11, 2016 by ·

My wife and I have always had a strong friendship. We are pretty good at communicating with one another and we don’t often fight. But, lately things have been off. Argghhh. We’ve been getting in to stupid conflicts and I just don’t feel like we are “hearing” or “seeing”... Read More

Beyond Grit

May 10, 2016 by ·

No doubt about it, grit is in. The concept of grit seems to have first come to the public’s attention in 2011 with a New York Times Magazine article called “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” in which Paul Tough suggested grit may be the true key... Read More

Remembering the Essence of Mother’s Day, Everyday

May 6, 2016 by ·

On this mother’s day, I am struck by the irony of highlighting just one day in appreciation of this daunting parenting role. For nine months, we anticipate with a full range of emotions, the birth of a child.  We have nine months to prepare…for the pregnancy and birth.  What... Read More

A Simple Mindfulness Exercise To Use With Clients

May 3, 2016 by ·

Practitioners are always on the lookout for new tools to help others overcome challenges, find peace, and be at their best. Mindfulness research clearly shows meditations and mindfulness practices can help but the quantity of meditation choices these days seems infinite. In a previous post, I discussed how an... Read More

A Mindful Pause May Change Your Day

April 25, 2016 by ·

Nobody wants to admit that they are “going through the motions” of life, but sometimes we are all guilty of it. One simple exercise that will allow you to slow down, take an inventory of your emotions, and re-connect with your strengths is below. This easy strategy can help... Read More