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

Integrating Mindfulness and Character Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

In this post we will answer these common questions about Mindfulness and the integration of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: -What is mindfulness? -What are character strengths? -Why integrate mindfulness and character strengths? -How do you practice with mindfulness and character strengths? What is mindfulness? The scientific definition of mindfulness... Read More

Your Daily Depression Depressor

July 30, 2015 by ·

I had an eye-opening conversation with one of my clients the other day. This client, Joan, is a middle-aged woman who has suffered from depression for many, many years. Over the course of our meetings, I’ve been encouraging her to use mindfulness strategies and work on using her signature... Read More

VIA Character Strengths at Work

July 19, 2015 by ·

The VIA Institute on Character joined up with workplace well-being expert and best-selling author, Michelle McQuaid, to check on the progress American workers are making in identifying and leveraging their strengths at work. 1,000 employees across the country, ranging in age from 18 to 55, were randomly surveyed to see... Read More

Is There A Strengths Revolution Underway In Our Workplaces?

March 10, 2015 by ·

As a senior leader in a large global organization I was shocked when I first came across the data that suggested only 2 out of every 10 people had a chance to do what they do best each day at work. Shocked, but not surprised.  Let’s be honest at... Read More

What’s the Difference Between Myers-Briggs and the VIA Survey?

May 20, 2014 by ·

This is a common question we get here at VIA, so we decided to compare these two popular personality tests. Learn the answer below! Whether you are a practitioner, career counselor, clergyperson, avid reader, or layperson, you probably know your “type” according to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). You... Read More