Greater Happiness Comes From Two Little Words

December 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

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

Surviving or Thriving? 7 Tips To Get the Most Out of Life!

November 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Day-by-day do you feel like you are just going through the motions or really thriving? Do you bounce back quickly from adversity and problems, and feel strong physically and psychologically? If you don’t feel you are truly thriving, don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to get there. In a recent study, researchers reviewed what... Read More

Do You Know Your Team’s Strengths?

November 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Can you map the top five character strengths of your team members off the top of your head?  This is a challenge we regularly set leaders, and given most of them struggle to remember their own signature strengths it probably won’t surprise you to hear that they rarely feel... Read More

Let’s Get Serious about Playing with Our Strengths

October 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Most of us know that children learn through play, but so do teens and adults! Humans of every age learn best when given the opportunity to play and experiment with something new without being worried about making mistakes. We’re often told that to improve our performance and experience greater... Read More

Focusing, Befriending and Flexing that 24th Strength

September 7, 2017 by ·

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Mary Kiley, for this post on boosting lesser strengths!  Focusing: Discovering the part of our personality that is in ‘last place’ can be similar to awkwardly greeting an old, fair-weather friend, with those swaggering eye rolls and smirks only barely masking an unwanted... Read More

Working With Teams? Weave In Strengths!

August 16, 2017 by ·

Thank you to our VIA Contributor, Fiona Hunter, for detailing below how VIA character strengths transform her workshops to build more effective teams.  Background I use the VIA for my strengths-in-teams work, and have used it for many years. I greatly appreciate the benefits that the VIA toolset offers, and in particular... Read More

Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by ·

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by ·

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by ·

Everyone has chores or tasks that they avoid at all costs. But, what if you had a strategy, using strengths that you already possess, that would make the activity more enjoyable? You have the tools you just need to put them to use for you! Harvard scientist, Ellen Langer, looked... Read More

Politics has us all stressed out; regardless of party affiliation

May 15, 2017 by ·

Your strengths can work FOR you to manage stress. People on both sides of the political divide are feeling stressed about the future of our country according to new survey research from the American Psychological Association. The survey reviewed the most common stress management tools that Americans are currently using. I highlight these tools... Read More