Why NCAA Basketball is Good for You!

March 16, 2012 by ·

Buzzer beaters. Cinderellas. Bracket buster upsets. This can only mean one thing. It’s March Madness! Aside from being happy that your team is in the NCAA tournament and even happier when your team wins its first game, why should you care? Can tuning into college basketball games be good... Read More

What is Humanity’s Biggest Challenge Today?

November 29, 2011 by ·

I recall a morning in 1997 when I opened the newspaper to read that a sheep, named Dolly, had been genetically cloned. The enormous power of genetic cloning was upon us and I shuddered inside thinking of how ill-prepared we were to handle this power for the common good.... Read More

The Character Harmonica

October 26, 2010 by ·

Ever blow on a harmonica? Whatever sound comes out sounds pretty good. Compare that with walking up to a piano and slamming your hand down on it. Pretty much any sound that emerges will sound bad. That’s because of the way the notes are ordered on each instrument. The... Read More

Strengths: What’s In a Name?

July 26, 2010 by ·

As the field of positive psychology and the use of the VIA Survey of Character have grown, so has the use of several key terms: • Strengths-based • Strengths • Signature Strengths The importance and strategic advantage of leveraging personal and community strengths strikes a chord of logic and... Read More

Strengths: Not A Toy Hammer

July 9, 2010 by ·

Mental health practitioners who treat clinical populations can struggle with the relevance of positive psychology. It can sometimes be seen as a “don’t worry, be happy” approach that ignores significant problems of living and the psychodynamics of dysfunction. As such, it is seen by some as superficial and potentially... Read More

Judging Character: When We Fall Short

June 16, 2010 by ·

There have been books written about why bad things happen to good people and why good things happen to good people.  Now what we need is a book that talks about when good people do bad things, such as when an honest person lies. We readily talk about how... Read More

Emotions= Character?

May 9, 2010 by ·

In the early stages of formulating the framework for a new “positive psychology,” Martin Seligman spoke with me about how positive character was the backbone holding together the original three pillars he articulated: positive character, positive emotions and positive institutions. As I have observed the science develop, his position... Read More

Weeding for Character

April 22, 2010 by ·

This morning I awoke to a brisk sunny day with a blanket of dew on the ground. I took my dogs outside in my backyard and, as their souls awakened with the fresh smells, I began noticing weeds. As I noticed one I found another until all I could... Read More

Character of Jazz

March 22, 2010 by ·

  I love YouTube. Someone recently turned me on to a Keith Jarrett video.  For those who may not know, Jarrett is an amazingly gifted pianist who plays mostly in the jazz genre. He is a master technician and improviser. He is capable of firing off machine-gun-paced riffs as... Read More

Winter Olympics: Standing Tall Off The Medal Stand

February 15, 2010 by ·

I love the Winter Olympics! What I love is the drama. One by one, the athletes have decided to dedicate the bulk of time in their lives to their sport – becoming the best they can become. They spend hours upon hours, day after day for years practicing…practicing…practicing. Focused.... Read More