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

A Mindful Heart

November 9, 2015 by ·

There is a lot of research on the benefits of simply practicing mindfulness. But, what if we want to take it one step further and practice mindfulness to lead to another outcome, such as using mindfulness to be more heartful? When we used the word “heart” we tend to... Read More

5 Tips To Make Your Mindfulness Practice Easier

October 15, 2015 by ·

You may think that developing a mindfulness practice is something that “is too difficult for you” or “you don’t have time for”. Here I’ll show you 5 easy tips that will prove a mindfulness practice can be integrated into ANY schedule for ANY person. Tip #1: Start with the... Read More

Integrating Mindfulness and Character Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

In this post we will answer these common questions about Mindfulness and the integration of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: -What is mindfulness? -What are character strengths? -Why integrate mindfulness and character strengths? -How do you practice with mindfulness and character strengths? What is mindfulness? The scientific definition of mindfulness... Read More

24 Ways to Make Mindfulness Stickier

April 13, 2015 by ·

I don’t have the time to practice mindfulness. I would like to meditate but I usually forget. Meditation is too difficult. My mind always wanders. When I survey participants in my mindfulness programs, these are the three most common mindfulness obstacles people report. I say “obstacles” because these are... Read More

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Feeling Depressed? Use your Strengths to Find Happiness!

May 6, 2014 by ·

Last week I had “one of those days”. I felt down and unmotivated. The stresses of life had piled up and I just felt like staying in bed. I hated the feeling. Then I thought to myself, “What good are my character strengths if I can’t use them to... Read More

Talk About Your Character Strengths!

February 11, 2014 by ·

As I ask people around the world to talk about their character strengths, it is not uncommon for me to hear people comment—“I can’t talk about my strengths. That would be immodest.” Another common response is—“we don’t do that in our culture.” These statements, while not completely untrue, are... Read More

Tips For Using Your Strengths On Vacation

January 15, 2014 by ·

Located in Australia, Counselor Julia Barnard shares her tips for making the most of your travels. It’s easy to think that our approach to life is the right one and everyone else is wrong. However, if we can learn to be more open minded, we allow ourselves to be... Read More