Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Everyone has chores or tasks that they avoid at all costs. But, what if you had a strategy, using strengths that you already possess, that would make the activity more enjoyable? You have the tools you just need to put them to use for you! Harvard scientist, Ellen Langer, looked... Read More

Practicing Your Religion Has Multiple Benefits

April 13, 2017 by ·

Having a religion isn’t enough – you must practice that religion (new research shows).   For those that practice their religion, some of the benefits are more love, forgiveness, gratitude and kindness. Particularly when compared to those who don’t practice. The following three groups of people across three countries... Read More

Research Proven Ways to Manage Your Stress

February 8, 2017 by ·

You have more stress-management tools than you may think. As I discussed in a previous post (see here), we need to learn to “get good at stress” and there are a lot of ways that we can manage high anxiety situations and events. In this post I’ll review 10... Read More

The Emotional Fuel that Drives Corporate Profitability

February 1, 2017 by ·

What’s the ‘secret sauce’ that builds employee engagement and has the organization thriving? Hope! Even in the midst of belt-tightening, heightened competition, organizational changes, process and employee redundancies, and declining real pay and benefits, Hope is the emotional engine which generates profitability for organizations! Hope is crucial for effective... Read More

Your Engagement At Work Depends on Your Positive Personality Traits

January 25, 2017 by ·

Our Education Director, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, was recently interviewed about the importance of character strengths and how they can help millennials become more engaged in their work. See full interview below. 1) Dr. Niemiec, can you tell us about yourself and how you became interested in strengths and positive psychology? Positive... Read More

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the “New Year”

January 17, 2017 by ·

“New Year, New You.” Is this your motto? For some people, the new year is a chance to reset and hit the ground running on new resolutions, goals and challenges. It can be an opportunity to look back over the previous year and make decisions that will carry you... Read More

Using Your Strengths at Work? Get S.M.A.R.T.!

December 7, 2016 by ·

If you are like most people, you will spend more of your life working than doing anything else. This means that if you can improve your life at work, you can improve your life overall. And one of the best ways to improve your life at work is to... Read More

How does judgment show up in your career?

November 30, 2016 by ·

One of the critical roles you’re hired to perform in business—no matter your position—is to make levelheaded judgment calls. Some generate small ripples while others have large-scale consequences. There is no question excellent judgment is a highly-sought-after competency. In fact, your decision-making capacity often decides whether you are perceived... Read More