Be More with Less

April 19, 2014 by ·

Here in the Midwest we are beginning to sweep the dead winter leaves from the front porch, hear the chirping birds in the morning, and notice colorful blooms on the trees and flowerbeds—spring has arrived! It is also a time that we dust forgotten corners, declutter and get organized.... Read More

What are Character Strengths?

March 21, 2014 by ·

* Who am I? * Who do I want to become? These are questions asked by humans throughout history. You might be asking these questions yourself. Following the groundbreaking scientific VIA Classification of human strengths (which some call “The Periodic Table of Character Strengths”), there is now a framework... Read More

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Brick by Brick

March 18, 2014 by ·

Summertime in Australia with its high risk of bushfires can be a worrying and stressful time for many. In my community – at the base of Kinglake, in Victoria,  where fires wreaked their most havoc on ‘Black Saturday’ in 2009 when over 100 people lost their lives and hundreds... Read More

Talk About Your Character Strengths!

February 11, 2014 by ·

As I ask people around the world to talk about their character strengths, it is not uncommon for me to hear people comment—“I can’t talk about my strengths. That would be immodest.” Another common response is—“we don’t do that in our culture.” These statements, while not completely untrue, are... Read More

How Do You Practice Perseverance?

January 10, 2014 by ·

#Perseverance is definitely one of filmmaker great Steven Spielberg’s strengths. The man who brought us “Shindler’s List,” “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park” was not accepted into his film school of choice. He was rejected twice from USC. But in the end, USC awarded him an honorary degree in 1994.... Read More

VIA Character Strengths Helped Stephen King Succeed

December 16, 2013 by ·

Have you ever had failure look you in the face and you have told it to go away? Stephen King almost gave up on writing after being continually rejected by publishing houses for his first book. His wife retrieved his manuscript from the garbage and urged him to stay... Read More

In Marriage, Recognizing Each Other’s Strengths Is Win-Win

November 21, 2013 by ·

On her blog, Assumed Love,  Patty Newbold refers to herself as a widow who got it right the second time.  Below she shares her insight on using strengths in marriage. Strengths in Marriage Two sets of character strengths give married people a huge advantage in life, but they also... Read More

How Has An Act Of Kindness Impacted You?

November 8, 2013 by ·

What is a recent act of kindness that either you have done or that someone else has done for you, and how did that make you feel? We posed that question recently on our Facebook page and heard a beautiful story.  We’d love to hear from you too! Post... Read More

What energizes you?

November 5, 2013 by ·

Our VIA character strength zest is about approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated. What energizes you? Read More

Practicing Love Can Awaken Your Deepest Of Emotions

November 4, 2013 by ·

In life, the VIA strength of love is the greatest of gifts. It brings so much joy to every day. It awakens your deepest of emotions; and, while it sometimes can make us feel vulnerable, love gives strength to our strongest of muscles. In my book, there is nothing... Read More