Tickle Your Funny Bone: 5 Humor Exercises to Get Happier!

October 20, 2016 by ·

Laughter can be a great way to reduce stress as is relaxes the whole body. But, did you know that you can use your strength of humor to create more happiness in the short term and the long run? New research from humor scientist, Willibald Ruch, and his team,... Read More

Focusing On Your Whole Self

September 29, 2016 by ·

By: VIA Contributor, Fatima Doman Stopping to get gas at a convenience store, I realized many of us are killing ourselves with our choices. The manager of the store, a friend of mine, was sitting on a bench outside taking a break. He was smoking and drinking a gigantic... Read More

How To Frame A Client Meeting Around Strengths

August 23, 2016 by ·

One of the first “homework assignments” I give my new clients is to take the free VIA Survey through my VIA professional site. For a recent client I decided to have her take the survey through my VIA professional site and not show her the results upon completion. Her... Read More

Benefits of the VIA Survey- A Coach’s Perspective

August 16, 2016 by ·

As a life coach, I work side-by-side with my clients to help them set goals and be their best.  One tool that I find extremely helpful is the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.  I have found this to be a great starting point to build more self-awareness about your... Read More

Find Happiness in Unfamiliar Ways

July 18, 2016 by ·

I’ll start this blog with a little courage by admitting my lowest character strength. The strength that comes in last for me is… well… bravery. Yet this weekend I had the opportunity to try something that was out of my comfort zone, and not only did my bravery get... Read More

Addicted to Your Phone? 10 Tips for Breaking Away

July 14, 2016 by ·

Next time you are out in public, whether waiting in line for your coffee, walking through the grocery store or sitting on a bench at the park, look around and notice what others are doing. I’m guessing that more than half of them will be on their phone. And,... Read More

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A Tip For Talking Behind Someone’s Back

July 12, 2016 by ·

Recently, I ran into an acquaintance and we stopped to have a quick chat. We talked about a few different things and during the course of the conversation I mentioned how kind and considerate my mother-in-law is. She had recently taken a day off of work just to pick... Read More

Repairing Your Relationship “Fender-Benders”

July 11, 2016 by ·

My wife and I have always had a strong friendship. We are pretty good at communicating with one another and we don’t often fight. But, lately things have been off. Argghhh. We’ve been getting in to stupid conflicts and I just don’t feel like we are “hearing” or “seeing”... Read More

Beyond Grit

May 10, 2016 by ·

No doubt about it, grit is in. The concept of grit seems to have first come to the public’s attention in 2011 with a New York Times Magazine article called “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” in which Paul Tough suggested grit may be the true key... Read More

Remembering the Essence of Mother’s Day, Everyday

May 6, 2016 by ·

On this mother’s day, I am struck by the irony of highlighting just one day in appreciation of this daunting parenting role. For nine months, we anticipate with a full range of emotions, the birth of a child.  We have nine months to prepare…for the pregnancy and birth.  What... Read More