Get Rich Quick: A New Currency That Grows As You Spend It!

February 10, 2016 by ·

Money can buy us only so much in life.  The Beatles reminded us that it can’t buy us love.  And research coming from the field of positive psychology has shown its limitations for buying happiness.  But, with the recent advent of character science, we have been discovering how to... 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

Top 10 NEW Research Findings on Character Strengths

September 17, 2015 by ·

The 2nd annual Character Day is tomorrow, September 18th! This is a day for everyone around the world to focus on the BEST qualities in all human beings- character strengths. In honor of this “holiday” I have rounded up some of the latest and greatest recent research on character... Read More

Ways To Use Your VIA Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

By: Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada Afroze Anjum, Psych.D, Toronto District School Board, Canada CORE VIRTUE: WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE acquisition and use of knowledge I. Curiosity : Curiosity is taking an interest in all of ongoing experience. It involves actively recognizing and... Read More

C’mon, Get Happy!

June 10, 2015 by ·

Who doesn’t want a little happiness boost?! A new pathway to happiness is to identify your signature strengths (your best personality characteristics) and use them in a new way each day. Research on strengths has repeatedly found this intervention gives a boost to happiness and a decrease to depression, some... 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

Three Evidence-Based Daily Habits for Wellbeing and Happiness

March 4, 2015 by ·

This week I spoke with Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder along with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of the Wholebeing Institute. Megan is in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive... 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

Love And Happiness Go Hand-In-Hand

December 18, 2013 by ·

Giving love,  accepting love and making love last are what makes for a happier life. George E. Vaillant led a study for more 40 years quantifying what makes happiness. The study watched 238 men at Harvard University who were sophomores between 1939 and 1946. In his book, Triumphs of... Read More