Men and Women: Are We Really That Different?

May 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

As I continue to give workshops on character strengths, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether men and women score higher on different strengths. Until recently, there hasn’t been much to say. But, we have some answers now that the largest research study on gender differences and character strengths was conducted... Read More

An Exercise On Seeing Your Future

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” This is a great reminder that doing things now can set you up for future success. In fact, when was the last time you thought about what you want for... Read More

A New Way to Fight Stress at Work

March 14, 2018 by ·

If you are like most people, relaxation strategies are your “go-to” method for managing stress at work. Maybe you take a quick walk outside, listen to your favorite music or stop to chat with a co-worker about a non-work related subject. These are all examples of using relaxation to manage stress.... Read More

Real Tips from Real People: 6 Pathways to Positive Mental Health

February 28, 2018 by ·

Research indicates that there are 6 core themes that lead to well-being and positive mental health. In this post, I’ll break down the 6 themes and share tips from real people on how to use your character strengths to discover these pathways for yourself. 1.) Environmental mastery What it means:... Read More

5 New Strategies To Help You Flourish

January 24, 2018 by ·

Use positive psychology research to learn how to go from floundering to flourishing. Read More

Surviving or Thriving? 7 Tips To Get the Most Out of Life!

November 20, 2017 by ·

Day-by-day do you feel like you are just going through the motions or really thriving? Do you bounce back quickly from adversity and problems, and feel strong physically and psychologically? If you don’t feel you are truly thriving, don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to get there. In a recent study, researchers reviewed what... Read More

Do You Know Your Team’s Strengths?

November 7, 2017 by ·

Can you map the top five character strengths of your team members off the top of your head?  This is a challenge we regularly set leaders, and given most of them struggle to remember their own signature strengths it probably won’t surprise you to hear that they rarely feel... Read More

How Do You Express Love at Work?

October 9, 2017 by ·

For managers, coaches and consultants working with others around their character strengths, it’s sometimes difficult to see how the strength of love can be appropriately expressed in a work environment. The key is finding the right context and expression with colleagues which will  differ from the way it is... Read More

Using Strengths to Understand Social Anxiety

September 18, 2017 by ·

Social anxiety has always been examined with a deficit-based approach—exclusively looking at what’s wrong or weak. Until now. Newly published research shows how social anxiety can be linked to strengths expression, specifically overuse and underuse. It is possible to overuse any of your character strengths. For example, if you use too... Read More

Did the Solar Eclipse Make You Happier?

August 30, 2017 by ·

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States experienced a solar eclipse, a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. Many people gathered outside, with special glasses, to view the rare sighting. And, interestingly, afterwards many people reported feeling... Read More