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

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

kindness goes a long way

An Act of Kindness

July 24, 2014 by ·

Your kindness strength makes you likeable to others, providing you opportunities for developing fun and meaningful relationships. When expressed through volunteer work helping others, your kindness may bring you important health benefits and even help you increase your life longevity. Perform one small act of kindness today! Read More

Try To Be Kinder

April 16, 2014 by ·

We all have moments that we remember where we think: “I could have been kinder to that person.” Use those moments as a reminder to be better… to be kinder. 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

This Weekend, We Challenge You To Practice Kindness

January 3, 2014 by ·

#Kindness   is one of our VIA strengths. This weekend, our Strengths Challenge is to practice that strength by performing a random act of kindness. Then think about how it made you feel and how it made your recipient feel. We’d love to hear from you on Monday how... Read More

On #GivingTuesday, Exercise Your Kindness Strength

December 3, 2013 by ·

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to focus on giving back. We encourage you to exercise your strength of #kindness – and we’d love to hear from you in a comment. What did you do? How did it make you feel? How did it make your recipient feel? Read More

An Exercise To Practice Your Appreciation VIA Strength

August 29, 2013 by ·

For 3 days, carry with yourself a piece of paper. On it, write down everything you notice around you that is beautiful and wonderful from a flower in bloom to a ‘thank you’ or act of kindness. At the end of your 3 days, has your list grown? Have... 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