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

Ways To Use Your VIA Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

By: Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada Afroze Anjum, Psych.D, Toronto District School Board, Canada CORE VIRTUE: WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE acquisition and use of knowledge I. Curiosity : Curiosity is taking an interest in all of ongoing experience. It involves actively recognizing and... Read More

10 Ways To Develop Your Strengths At Work

August 12, 2015 by ·

Next week more than one thousand people around the world will see if they can put their strengths to work more intentionally.  Want to know what they’ll be trying? As part of the first free global Strengths Challenge, we’ve invited leaders, employees, contractors and entrepreneurs to create an eleven-minute... Read More

Your Daily Depression Depressor

July 30, 2015 by ·

I had an eye-opening conversation with one of my clients the other day. This client, Joan, is a middle-aged woman who has suffered from depression for many, many years. Over the course of our meetings, I’ve been encouraging her to use mindfulness strategies and work on using her signature... Read More

Is There A Busy-Proof Way To Put Your Strengths To Work?

June 30, 2015 by ·

Let’s be honest, do you have trouble finding the time to do what you do best each day at work?  To truly use your strengths not just now again, or even just most days, but each and every day as you go about your job? You see I believe... Read More

C’mon, Get Happy!

June 10, 2015 by ·

Who doesn’t want a little happiness boost?! A new pathway to happiness is to identify your signature strengths (your best personality characteristics) and use them in a new way each day. Research on strengths has repeatedly found this intervention gives a boost to happiness and a decrease to depression, some... Read More

Three Evidence-Based Daily Habits for Wellbeing and Happiness

March 4, 2015 by ·

This week I spoke with Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder along with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of the Wholebeing Institute. Megan is in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive... Read More

Teamwork Levels the Status Playing Field

January 16, 2015 by ·

Author: Shannon Polly, MAPP ’09, is a facilitator, speaker and coach in Washington, D.C. and the founder of a boutique consulting firm, Shannon Polly and Associates, where she applies positive psychology to leadership development. She also co-founded Positive Business DC (@positivebizdc) and she has facilitated resilience training for the... Read More