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

A Strengths-Based Approach Helps Unemployed Find Success

January 14, 2014 by ·

Darren Coppin, chief executive of  Esher House Pty Ltd, shares valuable insight about focusing on strengths in helping people who are unemployed to find their personal success.   THE FORGOTTEN ONES Unemployment is finally returning to its pre-Global Financial Crisis levels. But there’s one key difference. The level of long-term... 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

Strengths + Passion = Happiness

May 17, 2013 by ·

I enjoy bringing my strengths to my work. I express my curiosity as I open up each new e-mail message, I express hope as I help clients work through struggles, and I express love (warmth and genuineness) with my colleagues as we discuss new ideas and process daily work... Read More