Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #1 (Reverance for Life)

June 29, 2012 by ·

Do good in this world. Do good for this world. Mindfulness will help you. Character strengths will help you. The practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths have each been connected with a number of positive benefits relating to happiness, health, relationships, achievement and other valued outcomes.... Read More

The Power of Positive Labeling

May 30, 2012 by ·

“Wow, that’s a strength? It all makes sense now. That’s incredible!” I’ll never forget this reaction from a freshman at a local university in Cincinnati, after he discovered his highest strength of character was appreciation of beauty and excellence. He went on to say: “I’ve lived my life from... Read More

Mental Health: Thinking, Feeling, & Acting From Your Strengths

May 21, 2012 by ·

What does curiosity feel like? What does bravery think like? What does humility look like? Mental health is about thinking, feeling and behaving in healthy ways. We can improve our mental health by widening the way we use our strengths of character. Each of our character strengths –creativity, judgment,... Read More

A Mother’s Day Challenge

May 13, 2012 by ·

Holidays are catalysts for character strengths. Each holiday poses a special opportunity to awaken us from our slumber and activate one or more strengths.  It seems that in the U.S., the culture collectively turns its attention to a particular strength each holiday. Read More

Depression? Turn to your VIA Strengths!

April 11, 2012 by ·

Using your top VIA strengths – your signature strengths – has been shown to be effective to increasing happiness and decreasing depression. Several scientific studies have shown this. As a psychologist for many years helping clients with depression, I focused heavily on what was wrong. I asked my clients... Read More

Exercising Signature Strengths Is A Key To Sustainability

February 15, 2010 by ·

Sustainability is the buzzword of today’s progressive movements in business and environmentalism. It is the challenge we face of figuring out ways to accomplish our ends without negatively impacting the environment around us. Global warming and political-economic conditions have gotten our attention like a two-by-four upside the head. We... Read More