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

Finding Mental Wealth at Work

March 17, 2015 by ·

Can you really improve each of the following at work by using your strengths? Happiness Productivity Engagement Meaningful work Have you heard the phrase: An engaged employee is a happy employee? Or maybe it’s the other way around – an engaged employee is a happy one? Either way, these... Read More

Eight Reasons Why You Should Talk About Your Strengths

February 15, 2014 by ·

In part one, I discussed how, when we are asked to discuss our strengths, it is easy to create a barrier—a false humility. People then rationalize this by placing blame on their culture, personal anxiety, and a host of other reasons. Here, in part two, is my argument for... Read More

Talk About Your Character Strengths!

February 11, 2014 by ·

As I ask people around the world to talk about their character strengths, it is not uncommon for me to hear people comment—“I can’t talk about my strengths. That would be immodest.” Another common response is—“we don’t do that in our culture.” These statements, while not completely untrue, are... Read More

Tips For Boosting Your Five Happiness Strengths

December 23, 2013 by ·

The science of positive psychology has revealed five character strengths that are particularly connected with higher levels of happiness: ZEST, HOPE, GRATITUDE, CURIOSITY and LOVE Are you high in any of these character strengths? According to research by the VIA Institute on Character, over 75 percent of people have... Read More

What Are Your Strengths?

December 3, 2013 by ·

Navigating the different types of strength Human beings have a variety of strengths, coming in different degrees and types. While scientific research will continue to offer distinctions and parse those qualities that are strongest in human beings, what follows are some conceptual perspectives. If you’ve been reading my blogging... Read More

Tips For Boosting Your Happiness

November 7, 2013 by ·

Think about the best things in your life. What would your life be like without your supportive husband, your good health, your house, or your college degree? When it comes to creating more happiness in life, experts usually tell us to add more things—get a dog, build a friendship,... Read More

How Mindfulness Leads To Feeling Love

October 30, 2013 by ·

Sometimes people in the world of strengths make this comment: “I already use my strengths. Why should I bother to use them more?” Here’s a story to explain why: Last week, I sat down and watched my mother and my wife express love to my 2-month old son who... Read More

Our Intermediate Course For Professionals Begins Soon!

October 8, 2013 by ·

VIA’s interactive, intermediate online course, Building Strengths: Tools for Working with Clients and Employees, begins October 23rd. Don’t miss out— the last VIA online training SOLD OUT! Learn more and register here. In this course our VIA strength experts, Dr. Ryan Niemiec and Dr. Donna Mayerson will guide you... Read More

Join Us For Our Mindfulness-Based Strengths Program

September 26, 2013 by ·

VIA Mindfulness- Based Strengths Practice Take a second to tune in to your present moment. Close your eyes, relax your shoulders and take a long, deep breath. Feel gratitude for one thing (no matter how small) in this moment— a comfortable chair, a warm cup of coffee, a bird... Read More