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

Strengths of the Heart and Mind and Other Strengths Topics

May 2, 2012 by ·

“I’ve taken a strengths test, now what do I do?” “I work with employees (or students or clients) and I want to help them tap into their strengths, what’s the next step?” These are the most common questions the VIA Institute on Character receives about strengths from people around... Read More

Re-discover Happiness with Laughter and Humor

April 25, 2012 by ·

I used to lead a laughter group a few times a year for clients at a psychotherapy clinic. The group was interactive and educational. The purpose was to highlight the therapeutic benefits of laughter. Participants were encouraged to bring jokes, funny stories, and come dressed in costume. There was... Read More

Losing Your Mindfulness? Find Redemption With Your Strengths

April 13, 2012 by ·

Awhile back I was struggling to turn out of a downtown parking garage. Growing impatient, I forced my car into the traffic so I could get on with my day. In doing so I cut off another driver and I became the recipient of a short barrage of honks.... Read More

Why NCAA Basketball is Good for You!

March 16, 2012 by ·

Buzzer beaters. Cinderellas. Bracket buster upsets. This can only mean one thing. It’s March Madness! Aside from being happy that your team is in the NCAA tournament and even happier when your team wins its first game, why should you care? Can tuning into college basketball games be good... Read More

Graduation Season: What’s Next?

June 1, 2010 by ·

The graduation season is upon us – complete with commencement addresses that celebrate this developmental milestone on the pathway of formal education. Having been a child who played well on my own, I have written this imaginary address that is one I’d love to have heard myself when I... Read More