VIA Strengths: Supercharging Ability for Employment Opportunity

March 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

The EDGE Program is a positive training and coaching program for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. The program focuses on interventions and coaching from the field of Applied Positive Psychology. The VIA Strengths model and our active use of the model in working with our participants’ strengths... Read More

A New Way to Fight Stress at Work

March 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

If you are like most people, relaxation strategies are your “go-to” method for managing stress at work. Maybe you take a quick walk outside, listen to your favorite music or stop to chat with a co-worker about a non-work related subject. These are all examples of using relaxation to manage stress.... Read More

Real Tips from Real People: 6 Pathways to Positive Mental Health

February 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Research indicates that there are 6 core themes that lead to well-being and positive mental health. In this post, I’ll break down the 6 themes and share tips from real people on how to use your character strengths to discover these pathways for yourself. 1.) Environmental mastery What it means:... Read More

Your Mindfulness Practice Contributes To A Better World

February 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Have you ever thought about how a mindfulness practice not only benefits you, but benefits others as well? This story that came from a retreat with renowned meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (referred to as “Thay,” which is Vietnamese for “teacher”) exemplifies this. In each of Thay’s retreats, there is an opportunity... Read More

How To Recognize Your Superpowers

January 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

And the Superpowers in Others We all come with a specific set of character strengths that makes us unique. And at one point or another, you’ve probably been told what your unique strengths are. Perhaps your friends have praised your creativity or mentioned how good of a leader you... Read More

5 New Strategies To Help You Flourish

January 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Use positive psychology research to learn how to go from floundering to flourishing. Read More

Character Strengths Poem

January 11, 2018 by ·

WISDOM Creativity is shaping your thoughts into something that you have never seen or heard before. It’s letting your imagination go and start to soar. Curiosity is having an open mind and wanting to find something new every day. Asking questions to learn more than you do And in... Read More

What Does It Really Mean to Be Mindful?

November 16, 2017 by ·

When thinking about the concept of mindfulness, one thing is certain: the emphasis on being “purposeful” in your attention is crucial as a counterbalance to the automatic pilot default that inhabits our mind most of the time. You can purposefully bring your attention to your child’s smile, to the feeling... Read More

Do You Know Your Team’s Strengths?

November 7, 2017 by ·

Can you map the top five character strengths of your team members off the top of your head?  This is a challenge we regularly set leaders, and given most of them struggle to remember their own signature strengths it probably won’t surprise you to hear that they rarely feel... Read More

Using Strengths to Understand Social Anxiety

September 18, 2017 by ·

Social anxiety has always been examined with a deficit-based approach—exclusively looking at what’s wrong or weak. Until now. Newly published research shows how social anxiety can be linked to strengths expression, specifically overuse and underuse. It is possible to overuse any of your character strengths. For example, if you use too... Read More