Use Your Strength of Creativity to Break Your Pouting Habit

December 22, 2015 by ·

We are all guilty of it. The pointless game of feeling sorry for ourselves, otherwise known as pouting. I’m right there with you! But, I’ve figured out a way to use a character strength to break the habit and actually find something good in the situation. Last month, I... 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

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

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Feeling Depressed? Use your Strengths to Find Happiness!

May 6, 2014 by ·

Last week I had “one of those days”. I felt down and unmotivated. The stresses of life had piled up and I just felt like staying in bed. I hated the feeling. Then I thought to myself, “What good are my character strengths if I can’t use them to... Read More

What Happens When You Consider The ‘Sense Of’ Strengths

January 7, 2014 by ·

Contributed by:  Patty Newbold is a marriage educator and author of http://AssumeLove.com. A Sense of Honor It started when I passed a billboard the other day. It had a photo of a Marine in full dress uniform and the words “A sense of honor.” I thought ah, one of... Read More

Believe In Your Abilities

November 6, 2013 by ·

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can not do. Believe in your abilities and strengths. Persevere. A study of strengths under the virtue of wisdom (creativity, curiosity, judgment, love of learning, and perspective) found them to be related to higher performance on a creative task and negatively related... Read More

Leverage Your Signature Strengths

October 28, 2013 by ·

After reading my last post about Alexander Ng’s story, I got an email from him. Xander wanted to share this about his Aha-moments…   “Regarding Aha-moment, I have a lot! I would like to share one of them that is related to my own personality. I am a person... Read More

An Exercise on VIA Strength-Spotting

August 21, 2013 by ·

Earlier this week we posted this photo on our Facebook page and asked our fans to practice strength-spotting – what VIA strengths did they see in these two kids. Rachael Holdsworth did such a fabulous job thinking this through. We thought it would be a valuable learning tool for... 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