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

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