Add More Meaning To Your Life By Boosting These 3 Strengths

November 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Research reveals 3 strengths that can help you connect to living a meaningful life. Read More

Find More Enjoyment In Your Everyday Tasks

August 27, 2018 by ·

Even for someone like me, personally and professionally very steeped in character strengths, it still amazes me how this work continues to challenge and affect me when I least expect it. Here’s the most recent story: To give some background, I’ve always avoided watering my yard, outdoor plants, trees,... Read More

An Exercise On Seeing Your Future

April 18, 2018 by ·

Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” This is a great reminder that doing things now can set you up for future success. In fact, when was the last time you thought about what you want for... Read More

Mindful Strengths Parenting – Positive Reframing

March 23, 2018 by ·

A young couple became new parents to an energetic and delightful little boy. They worked hard to not take their parenting for granted, learning from their mistakes and trying to strike a balance between offering guidance/direction and allowing their son to explore and express himself. One day, when their... Read More

Your Mindfulness Practice Contributes To A Better World

February 12, 2018 by ·

Have you ever thought about how a mindfulness practice not only benefits you, but benefits others as well? This story that came from a retreat with renowned meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (referred to as “Thay,” which is Vietnamese for “teacher”) exemplifies this. In each of Thay’s retreats, there is an opportunity... Read More

Greater Happiness Comes From Two Little Words

December 14, 2017 by ·

What if you treated everything as a gift, perpetually saying “thank you” all day, everyday? Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winning Poet, says this is what Spirituality is. Constant gratitude. What a great way to pursue the sacred of the present moment. Let’s take a page out of... Read More

What Does It Really Mean to Be Mindful?

November 16, 2017 by ·

When thinking about the concept of mindfulness, one thing is certain: the emphasis on being “purposeful” in your attention is crucial as a counterbalance to the automatic pilot default that inhabits our mind most of the time. You can purposefully bring your attention to your child’s smile, to the feeling... Read More

If You Have Found Mindfulness, Consider Yourself Lucky

June 16, 2017 by ·

Sometimes what is most obvious can be most impactful. This post is quite simple – nothing profound or earth shattering. Rather quite simple: “You are so lucky to have found mindfulness.” During a recent retreat with the monks and nuns of celebrated meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, that observation was made.... Read More

Effective Ways to be Mindful: 5 more “mindful pause” activities

March 1, 2017 by ·

Have you heard of the mindful pause? It is a mindfulness strategy I introduced last year that focuses on taking action right away, tapping into your natural strengths. There are two simple steps: 1.) Pause for about 15 seconds to feel your inhale and exhale. 2.) Ask yourself: Which... Read More

Research Proven Ways to Manage Your Stress

February 8, 2017 by ·

You have more stress-management tools than you may think. As I discussed in a previous post (see here), we need to learn to “get good at stress” and there are a lot of ways that we can manage high anxiety situations and events. In this post I’ll review 10... Read More