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

24 Ways to Make Mindfulness Stickier

April 13, 2015 by ·

I don’t have the time to practice mindfulness. I would like to meditate but I usually forget. Meditation is too difficult. My mind always wanders. When I survey participants in my mindfulness programs, these are the three most common mindfulness obstacles people report. I say “obstacles” because these are... Read More

From Arrogance to Appreciation

March 24, 2015 by ·

How do we learn to navigate this journey called life?  It is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, joy and anguish, clarity and confusion, love and hate.  We rely on two basic processes. First, we learn “best practices” by observing others. We observe them directly and through... Read More

Are You Skimping on Compliments?

October 31, 2014 by ·

At a recent workshop, a participant told me, “It feels awkward to spot strengths in a conversation and even more awkward to deliberately express appreciation.” This can be true for many people. But isn’t that a sad reality, that so many of us find it personally challenging to label... Read More

What Happens When You Consider The ‘Sense Of’ Strengths

January 7, 2014 by ·

Contributed by:  Patty Newbold is a marriage educator and author of http://AssumeLove.com. A Sense of Honor It started when I passed a billboard the other day. It had a photo of a Marine in full dress uniform and the words “A sense of honor.” I thought ah, one of... 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