Bravery- The Uncomfortable Strength

March 9, 2016 by ·

In 2004, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman published the landmark “Character Strengths and Virtues, A Handbook and Classification”. The manual – also lovingly referred to by the authors as the “Manual of the Sanities” – identifies twenty-four universal strengths and six virtues. By universal we mean that they these... Read More

Get Rich Quick: A New Currency That Grows As You Spend It!

February 10, 2016 by ·

Money can buy us only so much in life.  The Beatles reminded us that it can’t buy us love.  And research coming from the field of positive psychology has shown its limitations for buying happiness.  But, with the recent advent of character science, we have been discovering how to... Read More

Worried Your Strengths Are Boring?

February 3, 2016 by ·

“I sound like a nun,” exclaimed my coaching client as she threw her VIA Survey results down on the table in disgust.  “Don’t get me wrong, the results are absolutely accurate, but where’s the fun?”  It’s a great question. While a growing body of research suggests there may be... Read More

24 Ways To Put Your Strengths To Work

January 21, 2016 by ·

You’re busy.  I get it.  It can be hard to keep up with your boss’ expectations, the needs of your family and friends, never mind looking after your own wellbeing.  But what if in just 11 minutes a day you could make all of this a little easier and... Read More

Could An 11-Minute Strength Habit Help Your People To Flourish?

January 11, 2016 by ·

Having taught thousands of people around the world to put their strengths to work, there’s one common barrier I find most people encounter – they’re “too busy” to develop their strengths.  Let’s just pause for a moment and think this through. We know that 87 percent of employees report... Read More

Leadership on the Football Field. What We Can Learn from Mark Dantonio.

January 6, 2016 by ·

Leaders must know themselves – their personal drives, desires, hopes, abilities, flaws, and most important – their character strengths. One of the most important principles for any great leader to remember is: “leader, know thyself.” The latest research takes this “leader, know thyself” mantra a step further – one... Read More

Happiness Strategies to Use in the New Year

January 3, 2016 by ·

Since 2015 flew by in a flash, you may have missed some of these posts about boosting happiness and well-being. These are my top 5 blogs from the past year. Each article deals with character strengths and/or mindfulness strategies that you can use to start your new off on... Read More

Use Your Strength of Creativity to Break Your Pouting Habit

December 22, 2015 by ·

We are all guilty of it. The pointless game of feeling sorry for ourselves, otherwise known as pouting. I’m right there with you! But, I’ve figured out a way to use a character strength to break the habit and actually find something good in the situation. Last month, I... Read More

Positive Awareness

December 15, 2015 by ·

When looking at the history of clinical and coaching psychology, one must conclude that a lot of time and effort has been invested in the development of interventions to boost human well-being. Interestingly, despite of all the differences between these interventions and treatment programs, there is one key component... Read More

The Most Well Known and Beloved Happiness Boosters

December 11, 2015 by ·

I’ve already shared with you the “underdog” happiness boosters-the ones that don’t get as much attention as they should. Now I’ll share the ones that get all the glory-the top 10 most popular happiness interventions. Time and time again, in both research and practice, these have proven successful. 1. Count... Read More