Working With Teams? Weave In Strengths!

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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 · Leave a Comment

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

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

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the “New Year”

January 17, 2017 by ·

“New Year, New You.” Is this your motto? For some people, the new year is a chance to reset and hit the ground running on new resolutions, goals and challenges. It can be an opportunity to look back over the previous year and make decisions that will carry you... Read More

Using Your Strengths at Work? Get S.M.A.R.T.!

December 7, 2016 by ·

If you are like most people, you will spend more of your life working than doing anything else. This means that if you can improve your life at work, you can improve your life overall. And one of the best ways to improve your life at work is to... Read More

10 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 by ·

Thanksgiving is time to give thanks, and there is a lot of research around the benefits of practicing gratitude (greater happiness, physical and mental health benefits, pathway to a meaningful life, etc.). But, Thanksgiving can also be a time of travel stress, running from place to place and tense... Read More

Can’t Keep the Weight Off? 2 Pathways That Can Help

November 2, 2016 by ·

Weight loss setbacks can be extremely frustrating. Oftentimes, it is just when you feel like you’ve started to make progress that you get a little lax with your eating habits or exercise routine and “slips” start to occur. First, maybe a soda creeps in while at a family event,... Read More