Bravery—Its Rarely Robin Hood and Maid Marian Behavior

July 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

  The moment the word Bravery is expressed visions of the Round Table or Robin Hood and Maid Marian dance across the mind. This grandiose construct of Bravery rarely is required in business. So, what does the VIA character strength of Bravery mean in today’s reality? It is an understanding... Read More

Research Reveals You Can Buy Happiness

June 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

You’ve probably heard the phrase: “money can’t buy happiness”. But, new research indicates that there might be a way to purchase a little bit of happiness with even a small amount of money. The secret to this is HOW you spend it. Question: If you were given a small amount... Read More

5 Steps to Plan and Reach Your Goals

June 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

Here you are. Halfway through the year and that New Year’s Resolution may now be just a hazy memory. Something about saving money…being more mindful…eating healthier… You’re not alone. According to research, less than 10% of people actually follow through on their New Year’s Resolutions. At the beginning of the... Read More

Men and Women: Are We Really That Different?

May 7, 2018 by ·

As I continue to give workshops on character strengths, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether men and women score higher on different strengths. Until recently, there hasn’t been much to say. But, we have some answers now that the largest research study on gender differences and character strengths was conducted... Read More

An Exercise On Seeing Your Future

April 18, 2018 by ·

Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” This is a great reminder that doing things now can set you up for future success. In fact, when was the last time you thought about what you want for... Read More

Mindful Strengths Parenting – Positive Reframing

March 23, 2018 by ·

A young couple became new parents to an energetic and delightful little boy. They worked hard to not take their parenting for granted, learning from their mistakes and trying to strike a balance between offering guidance/direction and allowing their son to explore and express himself. One day, when their... Read More

VIA Strengths: Supercharging Ability for Employment Opportunity

March 21, 2018 by ·

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 ·

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 ·

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 ·

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