Practice Your Gratitude Strength

December 23, 2013 by ·

Who has come in to your life and made it better, stronger? Practice your gratitude strength by making a note to yourself of those you appreciate. And writing them a note or calling them to let them know you care. Read More

Tips For Using VIA Character Strengths To Boost Happiness

November 28, 2013 by ·

Research shows that the five VIA character strengths most highly related to life satisfaction are hope, zest, gratitude, curiosity and love. As the holidays approach and 2013 comes to a close, let’s focus on specific interventions to boost each of these character strengths and end this year with a... Read More

Lessons In Character Strength Learned From A Running Challenge

November 20, 2013 by ·

In this second of a two-part series, Julia Barnard shares her memorable story of practicing VIA character strengths in a fun year-long challenge with her brother. In her first post, Julia told us it was  towards the end of 2012 and when she was chatting with her brother on... Read More

Lessons In Character Strength Learned From Running Challenge

November 19, 2013 by ·

In this first of a two-part series, Australia counselor and author of How to Be Happy, Julia Barnard shares her memorable story of practicing VIA character strengths in a fun year-long challenge with her brother. Running into strengths Every year at school we used to have time trials as... Read More

How Has An Act Of Kindness Impacted You?

November 8, 2013 by ·

What is a recent act of kindness that either you have done or that someone else has done for you, and how did that make you feel? We posed that question recently on our Facebook page and heard a beautiful story.  We’d love to hear from you too! Post... Read More

Join Us For Our Mindfulness-Based Strengths Program

September 26, 2013 by ·

VIA Mindfulness- Based Strengths Practice Take a second to tune in to your present moment. Close your eyes, relax your shoulders and take a long, deep breath. Feel gratitude for one thing (no matter how small) in this moment— a comfortable chair, a warm cup of coffee, a bird... Read More

An Exercise To Practice Your Appreciation VIA Strength

August 29, 2013 by ·

For 3 days, carry with yourself a piece of paper. On it, write down everything you notice around you that is beautiful and wonderful from a flower in bloom to a ‘thank you’ or act of kindness. At the end of your 3 days, has your list grown? Have... Read More

Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder – A VIA Challenge

August 23, 2013 by ·

This past weekend I took a quick trip to Chicago, Illinois, to visit family and friends. One of my favorite “touristy” activities in the Windy City is the architectural boat tour—90 minutes of history, architecture and stunning views. So even though our time was limited, we fit the cruise... Read More

An Exercise on VIA Strength-Spotting

August 21, 2013 by ·

Earlier this week we posted this photo on our Facebook page and asked our fans to practice strength-spotting – what VIA strengths did they see in these two kids. Rachael Holdsworth did such a fabulous job thinking this through. We thought it would be a valuable learning tool for... Read More

From Mindless to Mindfulness

August 7, 2013 by ·

Learn how to make an impact on one of your bad habits. First, select one of your “bad” habits or vices. Pick something you are struggling with or bothered by and that you do each day. Then, consider one way you will bring greater mindfulness to the habit or... Read More