Using Strengths to Understand Social Anxiety

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Social anxiety has always been examined with a deficit-based approach—exclusively looking at what’s wrong or weak. Until now. Newly published research shows how social anxiety can be linked to strengths expression, specifically overuse and underuse. It is possible to overuse any of your character strengths. For example, if you use too... Read More

Time to Get Off The Never-Ending Hamster Wheel—Live in Gratitude

September 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Nancy Fredericks, for this post on boosting the VIA strength of Gratitude.  Do you wake up most mornings with your mind furiously spinning as though you’re a hamster stuck inside the wheel of your work life? If so, you are not alone.... Read More

Focusing, Befriending and Flexing that 24th Strength

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Mary Kiley, for this post on boosting lesser strengths!  Focusing: Discovering the part of our personality that is in ‘last place’ can be similar to awkwardly greeting an old, fair-weather friend, with those swaggering eye rolls and smirks only barely masking an unwanted... Read More

Did the Solar Eclipse Make You Happier?

August 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States experienced a solar eclipse, a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. Many people gathered outside, with special glasses, to view the rare sighting. And, interestingly, afterwards many people reported feeling... Read More

Working With Teams? Weave In Strengths!

August 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Contributor, Fiona Hunter, for detailing below how VIA character strengths transform her workshops to build more effective teams.  Background I use the VIA for my strengths-in-teams work, and have used it for many years. I greatly appreciate the benefits that the VIA toolset offers, and in particular... Read More

Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by ·

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 ·

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