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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

It Is The Little Things That Help Us Practice Gratitude

February 24, 2014 by ·

We want to thank Dr. Leigh Neier from the University of Missouri for sharing this important lesson in practicing gratitude. The age old adage, “It’s the little things in life. . . “ is always on my radar. While seemingly quite simple, the saying itself is a bit more... Read More

Through SongwritingWith: Soldiers Veterans Explore Their Strengths

February 10, 2014 by ·

Mary Judd invites you to experience character strengths through the souls of United States veterans. So, what do you see when you look at this photo? A bunch of men eating lunch, right? Maybe co-workers at a picnic, a ball team after a game? They are US Veterans from... Read More

Gratitude Experienced In A Yoga Class

November 11, 2013 by ·

“Do you know those moments in life when time seems to stand still? The air around you stalls, your mind locks—taking a mental picture, and you realize that this is a moment you will always remember. I recently experienced this phenomenon at a rather unexpected place—a Vinyasa yoga class.”... 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

Tips For Leveraging Strengths In The Workplace

August 26, 2013 by ·

Our thanks to Mary Beth Schappe, ACC, founder of The Appreciative Lens, LLC, for submitting this post.   The power of VIA Character Strengths combined with Appreciative Coaching was extremely effective with the work I did for a recent organizational team.  Initially, the team participated in a strength-based team... Read More

7 New Strategies for Happiness

January 3, 2013 by ·

New research from the science of positive psychology has found a number of practical exercises you can do to boost your happiness and decrease your depression. Choose one of the following 7 exercises and practice it for 1 week: Three funny things: Write down the three funniest things that... Read More

Positive Relationships “Win.” Achievement Loses.

November 14, 2012 by ·

Picture this: I’m on the edge of my seat (literally) in a crowded movie theater viewing Ben Affleck’s new film Argo, currently the number one film in the U.S. The audience and I are captivated by the story of Tony Mendez, a CIA agent’s desperate attempt in 1980 to... Read More

VIA Signature Strengths at Work: Four or More is Best

September 10, 2012 by ·

Here’s a question that scientists are saying can really matter: How many of your top strengths do you express at work? Workplaces can be very demanding and stressful. It is not uncommon to hear the advice to “play to your strengths” or “use your strengths more at work.” Some... Read More

Oscars Psyche

March 6, 2010 by ·

Did you know that more than 50 million people watched the Oscars? That’s a lot of people! 50,000,000! What’s up with that? There is the moment for each award – the moment of suspense. The presenters name all of the contenders and the camera shows us each of them... Read More