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

Losing Your Mindfulness? Find Redemption With Your Strengths

April 13, 2012 by ·

Awhile back I was struggling to turn out of a downtown parking garage. Growing impatient, I forced my car into the traffic so I could get on with my day. In doing so I cut off another driver and I became the recipient of a short barrage of honks.... Read More

What Are Your Signature Strengths?

March 23, 2012 by ·

If you’re like most people (myself included), then you have work to do in terms of understanding your strengths. Survey research has found that most people do not have a meaningful awareness of their strengths. What’s more, it’s all-too-common for people to underuse their strengths. We forget to take... Read More

The Positive Psychology of the Underdog

March 21, 2012 by ·

Four wins, 104 losses. That was the all-time record of the teams seeded at #15 heading into this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament for men. This year, in their first game, the #15-seeds went 2-2. This is why people love the NCAA tournament: A chance to root for the... Read More

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