How Shoes Can Make You Happy

September 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Do you know that wonderful feeling when you’ve just scored a brand new pair of beautiful shoes? It makes you happy, doesn’t it? You are dying to wear them at the next party, when you visit your best friend or maybe to an important business meeting. There’s only one... Read More

Find More Enjoyment In Your Everyday Tasks

August 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Even for someone like me, personally and professionally very steeped in character strengths, it still amazes me how this work continues to challenge and affect me when I least expect it. Here’s the most recent story: To give some background, I’ve always avoided watering my yard, outdoor plants, trees,... Read More

Take Action! You Have The Power To Boost Your Strengths

July 17, 2018 by ·

According to Pablo Picasso, one of the most important artists of all time, “action is the fundamental key to all success.” I find this advice so critical when talking to people about character strengths. Exercise, exercise, exercise… and you can boost any of your strengths. For example, I recall... Read More

Research Reveals You Can Buy Happiness

June 28, 2018 by ·

You’ve probably heard the phrase: “money can’t buy happiness”. But, new research indicates that there might be a way to purchase a little bit of happiness with even a small amount of money. The secret to this is HOW you spend it. Question: If you were given a small amount... Read More

Men and Women: Are We Really That Different?

May 7, 2018 by ·

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 ·

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