Do You Know The Difference Between Savoring and Mindfulness?

March 17, 2016 by ·

Many people in my mindfulness courses have commented that they enjoy practicing “mindfulness” because of they are able to relish “tasting” a piece of chocolate or that first warm drink of coffee. However, this is not practicing mindfulness and is instead the act of savoring. The distinction here is... Read More

Happiness Strategies to Use in the New Year

January 3, 2016 by ·

Since 2015 flew by in a flash, you may have missed some of these posts about boosting happiness and well-being. These are my top 5 blogs from the past year. Each article deals with character strengths and/or mindfulness strategies that you can use to start your new off on... Read More

A Mindful Heart

November 9, 2015 by ·

There is a lot of research on the benefits of simply practicing mindfulness. But, what if we want to take it one step further and practice mindfulness to lead to another outcome, such as using mindfulness to be more heartful? When we used the word “heart” we tend to... Read More

5 Tips To Make Your Mindfulness Practice Easier

October 15, 2015 by ·

You may think that developing a mindfulness practice is something that “is too difficult for you” or “you don’t have time for”. Here I’ll show you 5 easy tips that will prove a mindfulness practice can be integrated into ANY schedule for ANY person. Tip #1: Start with the... Read More

Integrating Mindfulness and Character Strengths

August 18, 2015 by ·

In this post we will answer these common questions about Mindfulness and the integration of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: -What is mindfulness? -What are character strengths? -Why integrate mindfulness and character strengths? -How do you practice with mindfulness and character strengths? What is mindfulness? The scientific definition of mindfulness... 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

How Mindfulness Leads To Feeling Love

October 30, 2013 by ·

Sometimes people in the world of strengths make this comment: “I already use my strengths. Why should I bother to use them more?” Here’s a story to explain why: Last week, I sat down and watched my mother and my wife express love to my 2-month old son who... Read More

Join Us For Our Mindfulness-Based Strengths Program

September 26, 2013 by ·

VIA Mindfulness- Based Strengths Practice Take a second to tune in to your present moment. Close your eyes, relax your shoulders and take a long, deep breath. Feel gratitude for one thing (no matter how small) in this moment— a comfortable chair, a warm cup of coffee, a bird... 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

Beauty Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder – A VIA Challenge

August 23, 2013 by ·

This past weekend I took a quick trip to Chicago, Illinois, to visit family and friends. One of my favorite “touristy” activities in the Windy City is the architectural boat tour—90 minutes of history, architecture and stunning views. So even though our time was limited, we fit the cruise... Read More