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

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

Curiosity Doesn’t Kill, It Opens New Opportunities

November 6, 2014 by ·

I’m a curious bird. Endlessly fascinated. A true believer in “you can learn something new everyday.” I thought that made me “flighty.” It wasn’t until taking the VIA assessment that I realized curiosity is a strength. Oh, to feel affirmed! I’d previously defaulted into comparison mode. Dottie is an... 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

Ideas For Encouraging Curiosity In Children

February 5, 2014 by ·

On our Facebook page yesterday, we asked our fans to share ideas for encouraging their child’s curiosity strength. Below are the answers we received. Do you have ideas to add to this list? Please click on ‘comment’ in the Facebook post to add your idea. Post by VIA Institute... 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

What Business Leaders Can Learn From Major League Baseball

October 21, 2013 by ·

Stuart Danforth, director of Positive Leadership Dynamics LLC, shares tips on how you can strengthen your team following the examples see in Major League Baseball.     Here in mid-October the Major League Baseball championship season has begun. Four of the best teams in baseball are still playing –... Read More

To Maximize Your Strengths, Start An 11-Minute Habit

October 7, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Michelle McQuaid, best-selling author, workplace well-being teacher and playful change activator, for sharing this guest post.    “Now I’ve discovered my strengths, what am I meant to do with them?” is a question I’m often asked. Having used the VIA Survey to help thousands of... Read More

What If Your Strengths Don’t Match Your Dream Job Requirements?

August 20, 2013 by ·

What if my signature-strength profile does not include the strengths typically required for my dream job? The answer is simple. Please go ahead and pursue your dream job by using your VIA signature-strength pathway. I have a client who is a finance director of a sizeable company, and she... Read More