Beyond Grit

May 10, 2016 by ·

No doubt about it, grit is in. The concept of grit seems to have first come to the public’s attention in 2011 with a New York Times Magazine article called “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” in which Paul Tough suggested grit may be the true key... Read More

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

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

Swimmer Natalie du Toit Exercises Perseverance & Perspective

February 12, 2014 by ·

It was 2001. Not even a full year had passed since Natalie du Toit narrowly missed qualifying as part of the South African team for the 2000 Sydney Olympics when a scooter accident on the way home from swimming practice forever changed how she got around. But, it did... Read More

VIA Strengths Made For U.S. Open Champions

September 10, 2013 by ·

From my television set this past Sunday, I witnessed an on court battle between two opponents and two friends. There on the center court of the U.S. Open, I saw the hard fought battle of two champions in their sport. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka were champions because of... 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

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

Can Character Strengths Save Your Life?

April 29, 2012 by ·

I recently watched the reenactment of a story of a young man, Dave, who decided he would impress a group of friends by swimming across a Florida canal to a pier and back. Dave’s friends were gathered at a cottage home, celebrating a recent college graduation. They were busy... Read More