Which Frozen Character Has Better Coping Skills?

November 23, 2015 by ·

Frozen is one of the most popular animated movies of all time. It is ironic, however, that Anna, a role model of many strengths for children and youth (and adults) sits in the shadow of the far more popular – and far more unhealthy – character of Elsa. A... Read More

Jim Gaffigan To The Rescue

October 7, 2015 by ·

Recently, I saw stand-up comic Jim Gaffigan, one of my favorite comedians, deliver a hilariously funny set on all of his popular topics: “hot pockets” (and other anecdotes about food), travel, and raising his 5 kids (or, as he puts it, watching his wife raise his 5 kids). I... Read More

Top 10 NEW Research Findings on Character Strengths

September 17, 2015 by ·

The 2nd annual Character Day is tomorrow, September 18th! This is a day for everyone around the world to focus on the BEST qualities in all human beings- character strengths. In honor of this “holiday” I have rounded up some of the latest and greatest recent research on character... Read More

Can a Generation be Defined by Character Strengths?

August 31, 2015 by ·

Depending on what generation you are from you have probably heard  many stereotypes and interpretations about who you are. Much of what is said is inconsistent. Gen X has been referred to as both the slacker generation and also a generation that is competent, confident, and achievement-oriented. Baby boomers... Read More

Perspective on Our World

January 16, 2015 by ·

I’ve been fascinated lately to watch VIA character traits emerging onto the world stage.  It’s an encouraging sign amidst much disturbing news.  As humanity faces its profound problems with increasing consciousness, it may be that the strengths within us, latent but universally present by definition, are coming into focus... Read More

Which VIA Strengths Are In Gritty People?

September 9, 2014 by ·

Although I’ve made a specialty of coaching and teaching in the world of Positive Psychology and successful goal accomplishment in recent years, 25 years ago I didn’t meet the definition of happy or successful, nor would I say that I epitomized “grit,” which is the quality of resilient passion... Read More


A Character Game Plan… On and Off the Field

May 15, 2014 by ·

There was a recent article in the New York Times, “Manning or Leaf? A Lesson in Intangibles”, that reviewed one of the biggest moments in NFL draft history- the choice between two of the top quarterbacks at the time- Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf. The coaches and administration had... Read More

Divergent: Use the Movie to Create the Best Version of You

March 26, 2014 by ·

Compare your “divergent” category with your VIA character strengths. Read More

Swimmer Natalie du Toit Exercises Perseverance & Perspective

February 12, 2014 by ·

It was 2001. Not even a full year had passed since Natalie du Toit narrowly missed qualifying as part of the South African team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics when a scooter accident on the way home from swimming practice forever changed how she got around. But, it did... Read More

Be A #Sochi2014 #VIAstrengths Spotter

February 7, 2014 by ·

Today the world will pause to watch and celebrate as athletes from around the globe join together in one stadium to begin the final path of their journey toward Olympic triumphs. Over the course of the next few weeks at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (#Sochi2014) we will see character... Read More