From a Faddy Bandwagon to a Lasting Mark

May 20, 2015 by ·

How do we prevent ‘character education’ from becoming a faddy bandwagon that rolls on by? Educational bandwagons come and go, and normally it doesn’t matter a jot. “Bye, bye coursework,” you think, as some education minister or other rants out his latest vision for driving up standards. “Never mind.... Read More

U2’s Top 4 Character Strengths for Success

May 5, 2015 by ·

Special guest blogger: Michael Lee Stallard, president of E. Pluribus Partners and author of Connection Culture. U2 will undoubtedly be one of the greatest bands in history. But to think they began as a band people laughed is unfathomable. Today, U2 has been awarded more Grammy awards than any... Read More

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Feeling Depressed? Use your Strengths to Find Happiness!

May 6, 2014 by ·

Last week I had “one of those days”. I felt down and unmotivated. The stresses of life had piled up and I just felt like staying in bed. I hated the feeling. Then I thought to myself, “What good are my character strengths if I can’t use them to... Read More

An Exercise To Practice Your Appreciation VIA Strength

August 29, 2013 by ·

For 3 days, carry with yourself a piece of paper. On it, write down everything you notice around you that is beautiful and wonderful from a flower in bloom to a ‘thank you’ or act of kindness. At the end of your 3 days, has your list grown? Have... Read More

Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder – A VIA Challenge

August 23, 2013 by ·

This past weekend I took a quick trip to Chicago, Illinois, to visit family and friends. One of my favorite “touristy” activities in the Windy City is the architectural boat tour—90 minutes of history, architecture and stunning views. So even though our time was limited, we fit the cruise... Read More