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

A Simple Phrase for Each Character Strength

October 20, 2015 by ·

Using your character strengths can lead to a boost in happiness. Many scientific studies have shown this. But, sometimes clarity is needed on what strengths are and how to use them. Below are the 24 strengths found to be universal (cross-cultural) and within human beings. Each of these is... Read More

Bravery Is About Facing The Storms

July 30, 2015 by ·

The strength of bravery allows an individual to undertake something that is daunting or frightening. Individuals high in bravery speak up for what is right and act on their convictions.   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

Three Evidence-Based Daily Habits for Wellbeing and Happiness

March 4, 2015 by ·

This week I spoke with Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder along with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of the Wholebeing Institute. Megan is in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive... Read More

Through SongwritingWith: Soldiers Veterans Explore Their Strengths

February 10, 2014 by ·

Mary Judd invites you to experience character strengths through the souls of United States veterans. So, what do you see when you look at this photo? A bunch of men eating lunch, right? Maybe co-workers at a picnic, a ball team after a game? They are US Veterans from... Read More

VIA Strengths Made For U.S. Open Champions

September 10, 2013 by ·

From my television set this past Sunday, I witnessed an on court battle between two opponents and two friends. There on the center court of the U.S. Open, I saw the hard fought battle of two champions in their sport. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka were champions because of... Read More

VIA Character Strengths Pervade Man of Steel Movie

June 17, 2013 by ·

Superman has made a strong comeback! After several failed movie attempts with this superhero, Man of Steel brings not only viewer engagement and entertainment, but also substance. Audiences are already familiar with Superman’s exemplary physical strength and superhuman powers but it is the non-physical strengths he displays that are... Read More

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Training #1 (Reverance for Life)

June 29, 2012 by ·

Do good in this world. Do good for this world. Mindfulness will help you. Character strengths will help you. The practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths have each been connected with a number of positive benefits relating to happiness, health, relationships, achievement and other valued outcomes.... Read More

Does The Avengers Teach Us Anything About Teamwork?

June 11, 2012 by ·

“The Avengers” is now the third highest grossing film of all time (domestic and worldwide). The film is about famous superheroes coming together as a team to battle evil. Are the millions of people watching this film learning anything about the film’s main premise – teamwork? Yes and no. Read More