Worried Your Strengths Are Boring?

February 3, 2016 by ·

“I sound like a nun,” exclaimed my coaching client as she threw her VIA Survey results down on the table in disgust.  “Don’t get me wrong, the results are absolutely accurate, but where’s the fun?”  It’s a great question. While a growing body of research suggests there may be... Read More

Could An 11-Minute Strength Habit Help Your People To Flourish?

January 11, 2016 by ·

Having taught thousands of people around the world to put their strengths to work, there’s one common barrier I find most people encounter – they’re “too busy” to develop their strengths.  Let’s just pause for a moment and think this through. We know that 87 percent of employees report... Read More

Happiness Strategies to Use in the New Year

January 3, 2016 by ·

Since 2015 flew by in a flash, you may have missed some of these posts about boosting happiness and well-being. These are my top 5 blogs from the past year. Each article deals with character strengths and/or mindfulness strategies that you can use to start your new off on... Read More

Use Your Strength of Creativity to Break Your Pouting Habit

December 22, 2015 by ·

We are all guilty of it. The pointless game of feeling sorry for ourselves, otherwise known as pouting. I’m right there with you! But, I’ve figured out a way to use a character strength to break the habit and actually find something good in the situation. Last month, I... Read More

A Mindful Heart

November 9, 2015 by ·

There is a lot of research on the benefits of simply practicing mindfulness. But, what if we want to take it one step further and practice mindfulness to lead to another outcome, such as using mindfulness to be more heartful? When we used the word “heart” we tend to... Read More

Top 10 NEW Research Findings on Character Strengths

September 17, 2015 by ·

The 2nd annual Character Day is tomorrow, September 18th! This is a day for everyone around the world to focus on the BEST qualities in all human beings- character strengths. In honor of this “holiday” I have rounded up some of the latest and greatest recent research on character... Read More

Signature Strengths-Frequency Analysis

August 18, 2015 by ·

Chris Peterson and Marty Seligman define signature strengths as “strengths of character that a person owns, celebrates, and frequently exercises”. They recommend taking a look at the top 5 ranked VIA character strengths as a point of departure in the process of identifying signature strengths. In August of last... Read More

Character Strengths in Practice

August 18, 2015 by ·

Research on character strengths by Chris Peterson and colleagues has been monumental to the field of positive psychology and has ushered in a new science of character that involves a classification system (VIA Classification) and a scientific measurement tool (VIA Survey). Over the last decade, this research has spurred... Read More

Character Strengths and Goal-Setting

August 18, 2015 by ·

Practitioners help clients set meaningful goals and use their strengths. Most practitioners know about the benefits of using signature strengths (those strengths that are energizing, feel authentic to use, are readily identified by others, and typically used across multiple settings). Research supports this (Rust et al., 2009; Seligman et... Read More

“Characterizing” the Workplace: Using Character Strengths to Create Sustained Success

August 18, 2015 by ·

Introduction Organizations cannot succeed in a sustained manner with only 1 in 5 of its employees fully engaged and motivated and with 1 in 5 employees either dreading work or wishing they could just stay at home instead (Asplund, Lopez, Hodges, & Harter, 2007; VIA Institute, 2015). Business is... Read More