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

Are You and Your Partner Alike? From A Strengths Perspective…

January 13, 2015 by ·

It is no secret that compatibility is really important for a healthy relationship. The misnomer that opposites attract has gotten lots of us in trouble, so I was really curious to see just how compatible my husband’s character strengths are with mine. I LOVE a good survey, and the... Read More

Are You Skimping on Compliments?

October 31, 2014 by ·

At a recent workshop, a participant told me, “It feels awkward to spot strengths in a conversation and even more awkward to deliberately express appreciation.” This can be true for many people. But isn’t that a sad reality, that so many of us find it personally challenging to label... Read More

Be Happier By Maximizing Your Strengths

October 9, 2014 by ·

As ordinary as we may feel, we each possess special gifts that make us unique. Gifts that if we were to acknowledge and apply to our lives would not only make us happier, but would provide us more satisfaction and well-being. Positive psychologists (those that study the science of... Read More

Mixed Feelings About Your VIA Results? Just Identify Your “Super-Strength”

October 1, 2014 by ·

Viewing your VIA Strengths Survey results can be quite illuminating – more often than not, an unexpected strength or two pops up into your Top 5.  From my own personal experience and observation, people tend to receive these unexpected strengths with mixed feelings. “Why did I get Self-Regulation instead... Read More