Greater Happiness Comes From Two Little Words

December 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

What if you treated everything as a gift, perpetually saying “thank you” all day, everyday? Mary Oliver, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winning Poet, says this is what Spirituality is. Constant gratitude. What a great way to pursue the sacred of the present moment. Let’s take a page out of... Read More

Time to Get Off The Never-Ending Hamster Wheel—Live in Gratitude

September 11, 2017 by ·

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Nancy Fredericks, for this post on boosting the VIA strength of Gratitude.  Do you wake up most mornings with your mind furiously spinning as though you’re a hamster stuck inside the wheel of your work life? If so, you are not alone.... Read More

10 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2016 by ·

Thanksgiving is time to give thanks, and there is a lot of research around the benefits of practicing gratitude (greater happiness, physical and mental health benefits, pathway to a meaningful life, etc.). But, Thanksgiving can also be a time of travel stress, running from place to place and tense... Read More

The Most Well Known and Beloved Happiness Boosters

December 11, 2015 by ·

I’ve already shared with you the “underdog” happiness boosters-the ones that don’t get as much attention as they should. Now I’ll share the ones that get all the glory-the top 10 most popular happiness interventions. Time and time again, in both research and practice, these have proven successful. 1. Count... 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

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

Perspective on Our World

January 16, 2015 by ·

I’ve been fascinated lately to watch VIA character traits emerging onto the world stage.  It’s an encouraging sign amidst much disturbing news.  As humanity faces its profound problems with increasing consciousness, it may be that the strengths within us, latent but universally present by definition, are coming into focus... Read More

I’ve made a living and a life from being grateful

November 26, 2014 by ·

Everything in my life is a direct result of my VIA strength of gratitude. Going way back to the beginning of my “success” path, I was incredibly grateful to go to college. I had worked hard, earned a scholarship and was delighted at my “luck.” I loved my professors... Read More

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Brick by Brick

March 18, 2014 by ·

Summertime in Australia with its high risk of bushfires can be a worrying and stressful time for many. In my community – at the base of Kinglake, in Victoria,  where fires wreaked their most havoc on ‘Black Saturday’ in 2009 when over 100 people lost their lives and hundreds... Read More