Focusing, Befriending and Flexing that 24th Strength

September 7, 2017 by ·

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Mary Kiley, for this post on boosting lesser strengths!  Focusing: Discovering the part of our personality that is in ‘last place’ can be similar to awkwardly greeting an old, fair-weather friend, with those swaggering eye rolls and smirks only barely masking an unwanted... Read More

Did the Solar Eclipse Make You Happier?

August 30, 2017 by ·

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States experienced a solar eclipse, a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. Many people gathered outside, with special glasses, to view the rare sighting. And, interestingly, afterwards many people reported feeling... Read More

Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by ·

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by ·

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by ·

Everyone has chores or tasks that they avoid at all costs. But, what if you had a strategy, using strengths that you already possess, that would make the activity more enjoyable? You have the tools you just need to put them to use for you! Harvard scientist, Ellen Langer, looked... Read More

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