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

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

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

Your Engagement At Work Depends on Your Positive Personality Traits

January 25, 2017 by ·

Our Education Director, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, was recently interviewed about the importance of character strengths and how they can help millennials become more engaged in their work. See full interview below. 1) Dr. Niemiec, can you tell us about yourself and how you became interested in strengths and positive psychology? Positive... Read More

Find Happiness in Unfamiliar Ways

July 18, 2016 by ·

I’ll start this blog with a little courage by admitting my lowest character strength. The strength that comes in last for me is… well… bravery. Yet this weekend I had the opportunity to try something that was out of my comfort zone, and not only did my bravery get... 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

Do You Know The Difference Between Savoring and Mindfulness?

March 17, 2016 by ·

Many people in my mindfulness courses have commented that they enjoy practicing “mindfulness” because of they are able to relish “tasting” a piece of chocolate or that first warm drink of coffee. However, this is not practicing mindfulness and is instead the act of savoring. The distinction here is... Read More

Leadership on the Football Field. What We Can Learn from Mark Dantonio.

January 6, 2016 by ·

Leaders must know themselves – their personal drives, desires, hopes, abilities, flaws, and most important – their character strengths. One of the most important principles for any great leader to remember is: “leader, know thyself.” The latest research takes this “leader, know thyself” mantra a step further – one... Read More

Happiness Strategies to Use in the New Year

January 3, 2016 by ·

Since 2015 flew by in a flash, you may have missed some of these posts about boosting happiness and well-being. These are my top 5 blogs from the past year. Each article deals with character strengths and/or mindfulness strategies that you can use to start your new off on... Read More

Use Your Strength of Creativity to Break Your Pouting Habit

December 22, 2015 by ·

We are all guilty of it. The pointless game of feeling sorry for ourselves, otherwise known as pouting. I’m right there with you! But, I’ve figured out a way to use a character strength to break the habit and actually find something good in the situation. Last month, I... Read More