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

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Digging Deeper Into Your VIA Survey Results

August 8, 2014 by ·

The self-knowledge gained from a tool like the VIA Survey is exponentially more valuable when you decide that you will take that self-knowledge and apply it to your life. Without a plan in place for using your character strengths more frequently it might be easy to let the newly... Read More

Do You Already Have the Solution to your Problem?

July 19, 2014 by ·

One of the most common reasons that individuals seek help from therapists, coaches and psychologists is to get assistance dealing with an issue they are currently struggling with, either internally (ie: depression/anxiety, weight management) or externally (ie: relationship issues, work disengagement). Everyone is dealt their fair share of problems,... Read More

The Ingredients of a Thriving Team

July 19, 2014 by ·

Creating a cohesive, connected work team is sometimes like baking a delicious cake. When you are baking, each of the individual ingredients has its own unique flavors and properties that are needed, in the right measurements, to achieve the proper consistency and taste in the final product. The same... Read More

Be More with Less

April 19, 2014 by ·

Here in the Midwest we are beginning to sweep the dead winter leaves from the front porch, hear the chirping birds in the morning, and notice colorful blooms on the trees and flowerbeds—spring has arrived! It is also a time that we dust forgotten corners, declutter and get organized.... Read More

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One Easy Way To Make Someone Happier

April 15, 2014 by ·

On Monday of last week my son was admitted to the hospital for an inflammation in his lungs. He spent several days being treated and monitored by a variety of doctors, nurses, and aides. My wife and I spent the days sitting by his bedside, attempting to work remotely,... Read More

What is Your Best Possible Self?

March 31, 2014 by ·

In the words of William Arthur Ward, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” This positive psychology exercise speaks to the essence of this quote. You have a wellspring of potential waiting to be tapped and now is the... Read More

The Good Things Pledge Inspires Character Strengths

February 21, 2014 by ·

Knowing our personal character strengths –– what’s best about us as human beings –- is powerful knowledge. It lets us understand and nurture what’s right with us versus our faults. This idea is the essence of positive psychology and the essence of the VIA Institute on Character. Our signature... Read More

Three Strengths Strategies To Start Your Day

February 6, 2014 by ·

How often do you walk into a situation— whether it be a party, a work meeting, or just an evening at home with your family— and actively look for the best qualities in your friends/colleagues/family members? Research shows that strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens... Read More

One Secret To Success Is Using Your Judgement Strength

January 8, 2014 by ·

Judgement is one of our VIA strengths that allows you to weigh issues fairly and see things from different angles. How might you use this strength in your relationships to nurture and develop them? Read More