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

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

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