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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

How Mindfulness Leads To Feeling Love

October 30, 2013 by ·

Sometimes people in the world of strengths make this comment: “I already use my strengths. Why should I bother to use them more?” Here’s a story to explain why: Last week, I sat down and watched my mother and my wife express love to my 2-month old son who... Read More

Appreciate All Of Your Life Experiences

October 21, 2013 by ·

It’s VIA Affirmation Monday! Our reminder to appreciate all of your life experiences for the opportunities they give you to grow. Read More

Join Us For Our Mindfulness-Based Strengths Program

September 26, 2013 by ·

VIA Mindfulness- Based Strengths Practice Take a second to tune in to your present moment. Close your eyes, relax your shoulders and take a long, deep breath. Feel gratitude for one thing (no matter how small) in this moment— a comfortable chair, a warm cup of coffee, a bird... 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

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