The Mystery of Love

February 22, 2017 by ·

“There is great mystery to love, how it shows up. If you are not paying close attention, you could miss it,” explained Neal Mayerson, founder of the VIA Institute, during my interview with him. Neal knows that firsthand. He almost missed his shooting star moment. He shares his personal... Read More

The Emotional Fuel that Drives Corporate Profitability

February 1, 2017 by ·

What’s the ‘secret sauce’ that builds employee engagement and has the organization thriving? Hope! Even in the midst of belt-tightening, heightened competition, organizational changes, process and employee redundancies, and declining real pay and benefits, Hope is the emotional engine which generates profitability for organizations! Hope is crucial for effective... Read More

Your Engagement At Work Depends on Your Positive Personality Traits

January 25, 2017 by ·

Our Education Director, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, was recently interviewed about the importance of character strengths and how they can help millennials become more engaged in their work. See full interview below. 1) Dr. Niemiec, can you tell us about yourself and how you became interested in strengths and positive psychology? Positive... Read More

3 Simple Steps to Reduce Stress in the “New Year”

January 17, 2017 by ·

“New Year, New You.” Is this your motto? For some people, the new year is a chance to reset and hit the ground running on new resolutions, goals and challenges. It can be an opportunity to look back over the previous year and make decisions that will carry you... Read More

Authentic Motivation

November 16, 2016 by ·

By: VIA Contributor, Fatima Doman We are born with everything we need to lead fulfilling lives. All twenty-four character strengths can be found in all human beings across the globe. Some of us are born into environments that cloud our access to that inner wisdom, but even in the... Read More

Can’t Keep the Weight Off? 2 Pathways That Can Help

November 2, 2016 by ·

Weight loss setbacks can be extremely frustrating. Oftentimes, it is just when you feel like you’ve started to make progress that you get a little lax with your eating habits or exercise routine and “slips” start to occur. First, maybe a soda creeps in while at a family event,... Read More

How to Cope with a Narcissist

October 26, 2016 by ·

A narcissist is someone who shows extreme selfishness, is obsessed with gaining admiration and has a superior view of their own talents. It’s a personality disorder that you probably find personally offensive. When you observe someone who is a true narcissist you may feel a mixture of helplessness, disgust,... Read More

Tickle Your Funny Bone: 5 Humor Exercises to Get Happier!

October 20, 2016 by ·

Laughter can be a great way to reduce stress as is relaxes the whole body. But, did you know that you can use your strength of humor to create more happiness in the short term and the long run? New research from humor scientist, Willibald Ruch, and his team,... Read More

Which Country Leads The World In Strengths Development?

August 29, 2016 by ·

Developing your strengths has been found to help people feel more confident, energized and engaged at work.  And while the VIA Survey makes discovering people’s strengths much easier, understanding what people can do to develop their strengths is still woefully under-researched. In an effort to close this gap, in... Read More

Find Happiness in Unfamiliar Ways

July 18, 2016 by ·

I’ll start this blog with a little courage by admitting my lowest character strength. The strength that comes in last for me is… well… bravery. Yet this weekend I had the opportunity to try something that was out of my comfort zone, and not only did my bravery get... Read More