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

The Value of Perspective

September 10, 2014 by ·

Perspective makes you valuable to others for counsel since you can help people see the big picture and alternative points of view. Being able to see things from a variety of perspectives is especially helpful in calming yourself and others during times of emotional upset. http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths/Perspective Read More

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Moving in the Right Direction with Perspective

April 9, 2014 by ·

Of the 24 character strengths perspective seems to be at the nucleus. Everyday each of us is faced with a variety of day to day choices and challenges. Our perspective has the power to positively affect all 23 other character traits. Read More

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Brick by Brick

March 18, 2014 by ·

Summertime in Australia with its high risk of bushfires can be a worrying and stressful time for many. In my community – at the base of Kinglake, in Victoria,  where fires wreaked their most havoc on ‘Black Saturday’ in 2009 when over 100 people lost their lives and hundreds... 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

Life Experiences Are Our Greatest Teachers Of Perspective

December 16, 2013 by ·

Patty Newbold is a marriage educator and author of AssumedLove.com. Here she shares her personal story of how life taught her some important lessons on having perspective as one of your VIA character strengths. Back when I had the great pleasure of putting the VIA Strengths Survey online for... Read More

Believe In Your Abilities

November 6, 2013 by ·

Don’t let anyone tell you what you can not do. Believe in your abilities and strengths. Persevere. A study of strengths under the virtue of wisdom (creativity, curiosity, judgment, love of learning, and perspective) found them to be related to higher performance on a creative task and negatively related... Read More