This Father Demonstrates It Is The Simple Things That Count

November 12, 2013 by ·

In life it is so easy to get caught up in our hectic schedules and pressures. Clay Brizendine – a busy professional with a demanding career, a husband and a father – tells the story of a special moment shared with his daughters. He demonstrates so many VIA strengths... Read More

How To Help Students Thrive Using Character Strengths

November 5, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Therese Joyce for reminding us, that ALL students (even those who have acted out) have the abilities to succeed if educators and other caring adults focus on the students’ strengths. Below is a true story shared by Joyce.   “Recently I was presenting a workshop... Read More

Teaching Youth To Flourish With Strengths And Sails

October 14, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Clive Leach, a coach and facilitator in Sydney, Australia, for contributing this post.   I am grateful. Not too difficult for me as gratitude consistently ranks as one of my top VIA signature strengths. I am grateful because my work as an organisational coach affords... 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

On Using VIA Strengths To Help Your Child Succeed In School

September 13, 2013 by ·

Submitted by: Fiona Trembath, strengths educator and facilitator I was about to enter the school gates when my phone rang. The phone number on the screen showed it was my children’s high school, so I answered it quickly. “This is Mrs. Johnstone,” said the stern voice on the other... Read More

Mattie Stepanek Taught The World About VIA Strengths

July 29, 2013 by ·

  Mattie Stepanek was just 13 when he lost his battle with a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease…but in his lifetime he taught the world so much about VIA character strengths. I have several of his poetry books at home and every once in awhile I read them when... 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

Self-Improvement, Self-Acceptance, and Being Who You Are

December 11, 2012 by ·

It was 6:58 PM on Tuesday October, 26, 2010 when I realized I just wanted to be myself. At that moment, I realized that I just couldn’t be anyone else. LeighAndria Young, student and poet School for the Creative and Performing Arts Cincinnati, Ohio These are the refreshing words... Read More

Transforming the Classroom

December 4, 2012 by ·

Picture this, your 5-year-old child comes running in the house after school and you have this interaction: “Mommy, mommy, I used perseverance at school today. “Really?! How did you do that?” “Because I just kept trying. I wanted to give up on a math problem because it was so... Read More

School Made Easy: Character Education is the Key

January 12, 2011 by ·

Previously I wrote about Mr. Sharp’s 4th grade classroom and the character strength Power Pyramids the students had constructed (Pyramids of Power). Well, I finally had the privilege of actually meeting this group this past week. What a joy. We were there to film this classroom in action and... Read More