How To Identify VIA Character Strengths – Strength Spotting

June 26, 2013 by ·

Strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting: 1.) Spotting strengths in action in others. 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting strengths... Read More

5 Practices for Effective Strengths-Spotting (Part 2- Self)

February 1, 2013 by ·

What are your strengths? What is best about you? What qualities make up who you are? Too many times in my work as a clinical psychologist these questions would be met by blank stares from the person in front of me. And, when the question was answered at all,... Read More

Strengths Spotting Your Way to Happiness (Part 1)

January 8, 2013 by ·

Strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting: 1.) Spotting strengths in action in others and 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting... Read More

7 New Strategies for Happiness

January 3, 2013 by ·

New research from the science of positive psychology has found a number of practical exercises you can do to boost your happiness and decrease your depression. Choose one of the following 7 exercises and practice it for 1 week: Three funny things: Write down the three funniest things that... Read More

New Positive Psychology Exercise: What are Your “Defining Moments”?

August 9, 2012 by ·

Life is what happens between monotony and miracles, as one sage put it. Indeed, our lives are a collection of moments in time – some mundane and routine, some extraordinary, and many others. I’m not sure that we are shaped by every moment and every event of our lives,... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #5 (Nourishment & Healing)

July 24, 2012 by ·

We have seeds of character strengths within us. At least 24 of them. Some of these seeds have blossomed and are blooming fruit and beautiful flowers. Others lie dormant awaiting us to touch them with mindfulness. Mindfulness and Thich Nhat Hanh’s “five mindfulness trainings” offer us an opportunity to... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #3 (True Love)

July 3, 2012 by ·

The wise, humble and zestful monk, Thich Nhat Hanh has inspired countless individuals over the years with his teachings on mindfulness, peace and compassion. One of his teachings is the five mindfulness trainings which offer a practical and positive approach to living. Keep in mind: These are mindfulness trainings... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #2 (True Happiness)

July 1, 2012 by ·

Perhaps nobody has brought more clarity to how mindfulness can manifest in our daily lives than Thich Nhat Hanh. Thich Nhat Hanh offers five mindfulness trainings that help individuals bring more depth, purpose and meaning into their lives. Keep in mind: These are mindfulness trainings not mindfulness commandments. The... Read More

The Power of Positive Labeling

May 30, 2012 by ·

“Wow, that’s a strength? It all makes sense now. That’s incredible!” I’ll never forget this reaction from a freshman at a local university in Cincinnati, after he discovered his highest strength of character was appreciation of beauty and excellence. He went on to say: “I’ve lived my life from... Read More

Weight Management: Strengths and Mindfulness are Missing Pieces to the Puzzle

May 9, 2012 by ·

What are the ingredients of successful weight loss? What have you been missing or not considering? There are plenty of quick fixes for weight loss. Just about any weight loss program, diet, or trick will work. Yes, it’s true. But this is temporary. The vast majority of individuals gain... Read More