An Exercise on VIA Strength-Spotting

August 21, 2013 by ·

Earlier this week we posted this photo on our Facebook page and asked our fans to practice strength-spotting – what VIA strengths did they see in these two kids. Rachael Holdsworth did such a fabulous job thinking this through. We thought it would be a valuable learning tool for... Read More

4 Ways to Improve Yourself by Watching “The Voice”

July 13, 2013 by ·

The Voice is arguably the hottest program on television today. Why is the show so successful? How can you benefit from watching it? Part of the answer to both questions can be found in findings drawn from the science of positive psychology. This scientific domain examines the research behind... Read More

Top 12 Reasons To Combine Mindfulness and Character Strength

June 28, 2013 by ·

When I am at play with my 2-year-old son, I realize how precious time is and so I attempt to be as present and mindful as possible in each activity. This mindfulness spurs my strength of curiosity as I await each word and reaction from him. Curiosity brings me... Read More

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