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

Are you honest with yourself?

Are You Honest With Yourself?

April 9, 2014 by ·

Honesty is accurately representing your internal states, intentions, and commitments, both publicly and privately. The strength of honesty is often linked to self-concordance- the extent to which your goals accurately represent your implicit interests and values. Honesty allows people to take responsibility for their feelings and behaviors, owning them,... Read More

Turn Your Character Strengths Inward

January 30, 2014 by ·

Scientific studies have found that each of the 24 VIA Character Strengths can be placed along an Interpersonal/Intrapersonal dimension. On one end of the continuum are strengths whose expression typically involve other people (interpersonal), and on the other end are strengths that are expressed within oneself (intrapersonal).  VIA strengths... Read More

What Happens When You Consider The ‘Sense Of’ Strengths

January 7, 2014 by ·

Contributed by:  Patty Newbold is a marriage educator and author of http://AssumeLove.com. A Sense of Honor It started when I passed a billboard the other day. It had a photo of a Marine in full dress uniform and the words “A sense of honor.” I thought ah, one of... Read More

Being Honest Is Also A Strength Of Courage And Wisdom

November 19, 2013 by ·

Every Monday on our Facebook page we post an affirmation about one of our VIA character strengths. Yesterday, our focus was on honesty.  Know that choosing to be honest with yourself and with others is also a strength of wisdom and courage. Read More

VIA Character Strengths Pervade Man of Steel Movie

June 17, 2013 by ·

Superman has made a strong comeback! After several failed movie attempts with this superhero, Man of Steel brings not only viewer engagement and entertainment, but also substance. Audiences are already familiar with Superman’s exemplary physical strength and superhuman powers but it is the non-physical strengths he displays that are... Read More

Self-Improvement, Self-Acceptance, and Being Who You Are

December 11, 2012 by ·

It was 6:58 PM on Tuesday October, 26, 2010 when I realized I just wanted to be myself. At that moment, I realized that I just couldn’t be anyone else. LeighAndria Young, student and poet School for the Creative and Performing Arts Cincinnati, Ohio These are the refreshing words... Read More