Let Your VIA Strengths Shine – A Contest

August 20, 2013 by ·

Thank you to everyone who entered! Your comments are truly inspiring. It is wonderful to hear from you in your own thoughts the value of VIA strengths. While we can only choose 5 names this time, we will be doing more contests in the future so please follow us... Read More

Mattie Stepanek Taught The World About VIA Strengths

July 29, 2013 by ·

  Mattie Stepanek was just 13 when he lost his battle with a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease…but in his lifetime he taught the world so much about VIA character strengths. I have several of his poetry books at home and every once in awhile I read them when... Read More

4 Ways to Improve Yourself by Watching “The Voice”

July 13, 2013 by ·

The Voice is arguably the hottest program on television today. Why is the show so successful? How can you benefit from watching it? Part of the answer to both questions can be found in findings drawn from the science of positive psychology. This scientific domain examines the research behind... Read More

How To Identify VIA Character Strengths – Strength Spotting

June 26, 2013 by ·

Strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting: 1.) Spotting strengths in action in others. 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting strengths... Read More

Healing Hurts Can Help

December 28, 2012 by ·

At the root of much human malevolence is hurt. Injury evokes striking out at the source of the injury. Guns are tools available for striking out, but by no means the only or even primary ones. So, where should our public discourse on the horrific recent killings in Connecticut... Read More

Healing Power of Character Strengths

June 28, 2012 by ·

We are all born into this world with genetically determined tendencies – both physical and psychological.  Then the world starts layering on its influences. Good diets help our physical characteristics unfold.  Nurturing parents help our psychological-being unfold.  Then life events pitch to alter, direct, and mold even further.  Certain... Read More

Can Character Strengths Save Your Life?

April 29, 2012 by ·

I recently watched the reenactment of a story of a young man, Dave, who decided he would impress a group of friends by swimming across a Florida canal to a pier and back. Dave’s friends were gathered at a cottage home, celebrating a recent college graduation. They were busy... Read More

New Ways To Happiness with Strengths

April 20, 2012 by ·

Need a happiness boost? Discover your signature strengths and use them in a new way each day. Research has found this intervention gives a boost to happiness and a decrease to depression, with some studies finding effects lasting up to six months. Below are examples of how this intervention... Read More

ROAD-MAP To Strengths Use

April 18, 2012 by ·

When you are exploring your VIA character strengths or attempting to help someone connect more with their own, it is useful to have some guideposts. In other words, everyone needs a “road map” at one point or another, and the phrase “road map” can also serve as an acronym... Read More