Perseverance Is A Key To Success

January 15, 2014 by ·

Bobby Knight reminds us to ask ourselves, “Do YOU have the will to practice to win?” Read More

From Sadness To Scotland’s Happiness Day

November 1, 2013 by ·

As Kim Macleod has learned, life is not always easy but it is in those dark moments when your inner strengths help to pull you through and flourish, reaching for goals that never even existed until after tragedy struck.  After the loss of her young son, Kim has chosen... Read More

Random Act Of Kindness Spotted In Wisconsin

September 18, 2013 by ·

Today as I was reading the news, I figured I’d be able to find an example of a VIA strength somewhere around the globe. It isn’t that difficult to spot a VIA strength actually because those virtues are within all of us. Whether we realize it or not, they... Read More

VIA Strengths Made For U.S. Open Champions

September 10, 2013 by ·

From my television set this past Sunday, I witnessed an on court battle between two opponents and two friends. There on the center court of the U.S. Open, I saw the hard fought battle of two champions in their sport. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka were champions because of... Read More

4 Ways to Improve Yourself by Watching “The Voice”

July 13, 2013 by ·

The Voice is arguably the hottest program on television today. Why is the show so successful? How can you benefit from watching it? Part of the answer to both questions can be found in findings drawn from the science of positive psychology. This scientific domain examines the research behind... Read More

The Boston Bombings and Other Tragedies Bring Out Our Character Strengths

April 22, 2013 by ·

Following the bombings in Boston, people rallied in bunches, offering support and care. The American Red Cross received so much help they had to turn people away. Stories of bravery and kindness flooded the news and social media. Such expression of character is not an isolated event. People similarly... Read More

Healing Hurts Can Help

December 28, 2012 by ·

At the root of much human malevolence is hurt. Injury evokes striking out at the source of the injury. Guns are tools available for striking out, but by no means the only or even primary ones. So, where should our public discourse on the horrific recent killings in Connecticut... Read More

Your Vote is Probabaly Based on Character

November 6, 2012 by ·

Just a month ago the VIA Institute on Character launched a new survey that asked people what character strengths are essential in a great President. The survey then invited the user to rate the character strengths of the Presidential candidates. The results are in!…just in time for Election Day.... Read More

Presidential Character Assassination

September 27, 2012 by ·

We are embarking on the season of character assassination. In the remaining weeks of the campaign, we will see the two candidates try to impugn each other’s character. They understand that voters rely on perceptions of character when marking their ballots. As they go about trying to manipulate our... Read More

Tiger Woods: A Man of Character?

April 9, 2012 by ·

In the midst of the most prestigious golf tournament of the year, the Masters, Tiger Woods is trying to solidify his comeback. He needs a major championship in order to seal the deal. A few years ago, he lied. He cheated on his wife. Repeatedly. He let down fans.... Read More