The Positive Psychology Academy Awards for 2015

February 26, 2016 by ·

This is one of my favorite posts to write each year because it combines two of my passions- positive psychology AND films! Every year, I try to watch as many movies as possible and study them for their portrayal of the most popular themes in positive psychology. For anyone... Read More

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

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

Three Strengths Strategies To Start Your Day

February 6, 2014 by ·

How often do you walk into a situation— whether it be a party, a work meeting, or just an evening at home with your family— and actively look for the best qualities in your friends/colleagues/family members? Research shows that strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens... Read More

Love And Happiness Go Hand-In-Hand

December 18, 2013 by ·

Giving love,  accepting love and making love last are what makes for a happier life. George E. Vaillant led a study for more 40 years quantifying what makes happiness. The study watched 238 men at Harvard University who were sophomores between 1939 and 1946. In his book, Triumphs of... Read More

AIM For Character Strengths, And Happiness

December 2, 2013 by ·

Lisa Sansom, chief positive interventionist with LVS Consulting, shares some tips for taking AIM on VIA character strengths in business. In business and in life, focus on strengths to enhance productivity and happiness.   Let’s consider a couple of workplace scenarios. What would you do in each situation? Situation... Read More

The Dark Side of Character

March 18, 2013 by ·

As I read Gillian Flynn’s bestselling book, Gone Girl, I was not expecting to learn much about positive psychology but instead to learn more about what is often discussed in regard... Read More

Positive Relationships “Win.” Achievement Loses.

November 14, 2012 by ·

Picture this: I’m on the edge of my seat (literally) in a crowded movie theater viewing Ben Affleck’s new film Argo, currently the number one film in the U.S. The audience and I are captivated by the story of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent’s desperate attempt in 1980 to... Read More

Does The Avengers Teach Us Anything About Teamwork?

June 11, 2012 by ·

“The Avengers” is now the third highest grossing film of all time (domestic and worldwide). The film is about famous superheroes coming together as a team to battle evil. Are the millions of people watching this film learning anything about the film’s main premise – teamwork? Yes and no. Read More

What Are The Signature Strengths of Katniss (from The Hunger Games)?

April 7, 2012 by ·

VIA signature strengths are at the core of our identity. They are our essence…they are what make us glow. Maybe you shine when you express kindness or hope? Or perhaps when you use humor or creativity? Whenever we express a signature strength we are probably at our best –... Read More