Positive Awareness

December 15, 2015 by ·

When looking at the history of clinical and coaching psychology, one must conclude that a lot of time and effort has been invested in the development of interventions to boost human well-being. Interestingly, despite of all the differences between these interventions and treatment programs, there is one key component... Read More

The Most Well Known and Beloved Happiness Boosters

December 11, 2015 by ·

I’ve already shared with you the “underdog” happiness boosters-the ones that don’t get as much attention as they should. Now I’ll share the ones that get all the glory-the top 10 most popular happiness interventions. Time and time again, in both research and practice, these have proven successful. 1. Count... Read More

The Happiness Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of

December 7, 2015 by ·

It seems certain positive psychology exercises get all of the love and attention. This post is for those “under-appreciated” but highly effective strategies that you may not have heard of. I’ll also follow-up with the popular strategies for boosting happiness in a later post. But for now, here’s to... 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

A Simple Phrase for Each Character Strength

October 20, 2015 by ·

Using your character strengths can lead to a boost in happiness. Many scientific studies have shown this. But, sometimes clarity is needed on what strengths are and how to use them. Below are the 24 strengths found to be universal (cross-cultural) and within human beings. Each of these is... 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

Top 10 NEW Research Findings on Character Strengths

September 17, 2015 by ·

The 2nd annual Character Day is tomorrow, September 18th! This is a day for everyone around the world to focus on the BEST qualities in all human beings- character strengths. In honor of this “holiday” I have rounded up some of the latest and greatest recent research on character... Read More

Ok, Now What? Taking Action with Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

This is a common question practitioners ask after they have identified a client’s strength. Many times, it is the same question that the client is asking, as when they have taken the VIA Survey and received their rank-ordered list of 24 character strengths.  The following three-step process provides you... Read More

Character Strengths and Goal-Setting

August 18, 2015 by ·

Practitioners help clients set meaningful goals and use their strengths. Most practitioners know about the benefits of using signature strengths (those strengths that are energizing, feel authentic to use, are readily identified by others, and typically used across multiple settings). Research supports this (Rust et al., 2009; Seligman et... Read More

Exploring Your Character Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

Now that you have taken the VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey, you have begun to build a general sense of awareness of what is best in you. Why not take this a step further? Probably the quickest way to dig deep into your character strengths is to get a... Read More