Focusing, Befriending and Flexing that 24th Strength

September 7, 2017 by ·

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Mary Kiley, for this post on boosting lesser strengths!  Focusing: Discovering the part of our personality that is in ‘last place’ can be similar to awkwardly greeting an old, fair-weather friend, with those swaggering eye rolls and smirks only barely masking an unwanted... Read More

Did the Solar Eclipse Make You Happier?

August 30, 2017 by ·

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States experienced a solar eclipse, a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. Many people gathered outside, with special glasses, to view the rare sighting. And, interestingly, afterwards many people reported feeling... Read More

Working With Teams? Weave In Strengths!

August 16, 2017 by ·

Thank you to our VIA Contributor, Fiona Hunter, for detailing below how VIA character strengths transform her workshops to build more effective teams.  Background I use the VIA for my strengths-in-teams work, and have used it for many years. I greatly appreciate the benefits that the VIA toolset offers, and in particular... Read More

Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by ·

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by ·

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by ·

Everyone has chores or tasks that they avoid at all costs. But, what if you had a strategy, using strengths that you already possess, that would make the activity more enjoyable? You have the tools you just need to put them to use for you! Harvard scientist, Ellen Langer, looked... Read More

If You Have Found Mindfulness, Consider Yourself Lucky

June 16, 2017 by ·

Sometimes what is most obvious can be most impactful. This post is quite simple – nothing profound or earth shattering. Rather quite simple: “You are so lucky to have found mindfulness.” During a recent retreat with the monks and nuns of celebrated meditation teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, that observation was made.... Read More

Effective Ways to be Mindful: 5 more “mindful pause” activities

March 1, 2017 by ·

Have you heard of the mindful pause? It is a mindfulness strategy I introduced last year that focuses on taking action right away, tapping into your natural strengths. There are two simple steps: 1.) Pause for about 15 seconds to feel your inhale and exhale. 2.) Ask yourself: Which... Read More

The Mystery of Love

February 22, 2017 by ·

“There is great mystery to love, how it shows up. If you are not paying close attention, you could miss it,” explained Neal Mayerson, founder of the VIA Institute, during my interview with him. Neal knows that firsthand. He almost missed his shooting star moment. He shares his personal... Read More

Like An Old Friend, Phasic Strengths Are There When You Need Them

February 16, 2017 by ·

When you’re down and troubled And you need a helping hand And nothing, nothing is going right Close your eyes and think of me And soon I will be there To brighten up even your darkest night These famous lyrics from the song “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by... Read More