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

How To Identify VIA Character Strengths – Strength Spotting

June 26, 2013 by ·

Strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting: 1.) Spotting strengths in action in others. 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting strengths... Read More

New Positive Psychology Exercise: What are Your “Defining Moments”?

August 9, 2012 by ·

Life is what happens between monotony and miracles, as one sage put it. Indeed, our lives are a collection of moments in time – some mundane and routine, some extraordinary, and many others. I’m not sure that we are shaped by every moment and every event of our lives,... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #5 (Nourishment & Healing)

July 24, 2012 by ·

We have seeds of character strengths within us. At least 24 of them. Some of these seeds have blossomed and are blooming fruit and beautiful flowers. Others lie dormant awaiting us to touch them with mindfulness. Mindfulness and Thich Nhat Hanh’s “five mindfulness trainings” offer us an opportunity to... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #4 (Loving Speech and Deep Listening)

July 5, 2012 by ·

Consider a world in which people, groups and organizations bring careful intentionality to what they are doing. They listen to one another with strong compassion, and reflect deeply on the impact their words have on others. Thich Nhat Hanh’s “five mindfulness trainings” are a recipe for mindful living as... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #3 (True Love)

July 3, 2012 by ·

The wise, humble and zestful monk, Thich Nhat Hanh has inspired countless individuals over the years with his teachings on mindfulness, peace and compassion. One of his teachings is the five mindfulness trainings which offer a practical and positive approach to living. Keep in mind: These are mindfulness trainings... Read More