A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Everyone has chores or tasks that they avoid at all costs. But, what if you had a strategy, using strengths that you already possess, that would make the activity more enjoyable? You have the tools you just need to put them to use for you! Harvard scientist, Ellen Langer, looked... Read More

If You Have Found Mindfulness, Consider Yourself Lucky

June 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Sometimes what is most obvious can be most impactful. This post is quite simple – nothing profound or earth shattering. Rather quite simple: “You are so lucky to have found mindfulness.” During a recent retreat with the monks and nuns of celebrated meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, that observation was made.... Read More

Effective Ways to be Mindful: 5 more “mindful pause” activities

March 1, 2017 by ·

Have you heard of the mindful pause? It is a mindfulness strategy I introduced last year that focuses on taking action right away, tapping into your natural strengths. There are two simple steps: 1.) Pause for about 15 seconds to feel your inhale and exhale. 2.) Ask yourself: Which... Read More

The Mystery of Love

February 22, 2017 by ·

“There is great mystery to love, how it shows up. If you are not paying close attention, you could miss it,” explained Neal Mayerson, founder of the VIA Institute, during my interview with him. Neal knows that firsthand. He almost missed his shooting star moment. He shares his personal... Read More

Like An Old Friend, Phasic Strengths Are There When You Need Them

February 16, 2017 by ·

When you’re down and troubled And you need a helping hand And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night These famous lyrics from the song “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by... Read More

Research Proven Ways to Manage Your Stress

February 8, 2017 by ·

You have more stress-management tools than you may think. As I discussed in a previous post (see here), we need to learn to “get good at stress” and there are a lot of ways that we can manage high anxiety situations and events. In this post I’ll review 10... Read More

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the “New Year”

January 17, 2017 by ·

“New Year, New You.” Is this your motto? For some people, the new year is a chance to reset and hit the ground running on new resolutions, goals and challenges. It can be an opportunity to look back over the previous year and make decisions that will carry you... Read More

Using Your Strengths at Work? Get S.M.A.R.T.!

December 7, 2016 by ·

If you are like most people, you will spend more of your life working than doing anything else. This means that if you can improve your life at work, you can improve your life overall. And one of the best ways to improve your life at work is to... Read More

10 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 by ·

Thanksgiving is time to give thanks, and there is a lot of research around the benefits of practicing gratitude (greater happiness, physical and mental health benefits, pathway to a meaningful life, etc.). But, Thanksgiving can also be a time of travel stress, running from place to place and tense... Read More

Authentic Motivation

November 16, 2016 by ·

By: VIA Contributor, Fatima Doman We are born with everything we need to lead fulfilling lives. All twenty-four character strengths can be found in all human beings across the globe. Some of us are born into environments that cloud our access to that inner wisdom, but even in the... Read More