Strengths Conversations – Use your Tools to Deal with Obstacles

September 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

I love working with character strengths since I see them hit home so often. One of the conversations I love most with any client or group, is about dealing with difficult situations. Tell me of a situation you were struggling with recently, that you want to learn from and improve... Read More

How Shoes Can Make You Happy

September 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Do you know that wonderful feeling when you’ve just scored a brand new pair of beautiful shoes? It makes you happy, doesn’t it? You are dying to wear them at the next party, when you visit your best friend or maybe to an important business meeting. There’s only one... Read More

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Are You Prepared to Handle Life Changes?

July 25, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Whether you realize it or not, life is changing. Use your strengths to flourish. Read More

Take Action! You Have The Power To Boost Your Strengths

July 17, 2018 by ·

According to Pablo Picasso, one of the most important artists of all time, “action is the fundamental key to all success.” I find this advice so critical when talking to people about character strengths. Exercise, exercise, exercise… and you can boost any of your strengths. For example, I recall... Read More

Bravery—Its Rarely Robin Hood and Maid Marian Behavior

July 11, 2018 by ·

  The moment the word Bravery is expressed visions of the Round Table or Robin Hood and Maid Marian dance across the mind. This grandiose construct of Bravery rarely is required in business. So, what does the VIA character strength of Bravery mean in today’s reality? It is an understanding... Read More

Research Reveals You Can Buy Happiness

June 28, 2018 by ·

You’ve probably heard the phrase: “money can’t buy happiness”. But, new research indicates that there might be a way to purchase a little bit of happiness with even a small amount of money. The secret to this is HOW you spend it. Question: If you were given a small amount... Read More

5 Steps to Plan and Reach Your Goals

June 28, 2018 by ·

Here you are. Halfway through the year and that New Year’s Resolution may now be just a hazy memory. Something about saving money…being more mindful…eating healthier… You’re not alone. According to research, less than 10% of people actually follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions. At the beginning of the... Read More

Men and Women: Are We Really That Different?

May 7, 2018 by ·

As I continue to give workshops on character strengths, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether men and women score higher on different strengths. Until recently, there hasn’t been much to say. But, we have some answers now that the largest research study on gender differences and character strengths was conducted... Read More

Mindful Strengths Parenting – Positive Reframing

March 23, 2018 by ·

A young couple became new parents to an energetic and delightful little boy. They worked hard to not take their parenting for granted, learning from their mistakes and trying to strike a balance between offering guidance/direction and allowing their son to explore and express himself. One day, when their... Read More

VIA Strengths: Supercharging Ability for Employment Opportunity

March 21, 2018 by ·

The EDGE Program is a positive training and coaching program for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. The program focuses on interventions and coaching from the field of Applied Positive Psychology. The VIA Strengths model and our active use of the model in working with our participants’ strengths... Read More