The Positive Psychology Academy Awards for 2015

February 26, 2016 by ·

This is one of my favorite posts to write each year because it combines two of my passions- positive psychology AND films! Every year, I try to watch as many movies as possible and study them for their portrayal of the most popular themes in positive psychology. For anyone... Read More

Positive Awareness

December 15, 2015 by ·

When looking at the history of clinical and coaching psychology, one must conclude that a lot of time and effort has been invested in the development of interventions to boost human well-being. Interestingly, despite of all the differences between these interventions and treatment programs, there is one key component... Read More

Is There A Busy-Proof Way To Put Your Strengths To Work?

June 30, 2015 by ·

Let’s be honest, do you have trouble finding the time to do what you do best each day at work?  To truly use your strengths not just now again, or even just most days, but each and every day as you go about your job? You see I believe... Read More

From a Faddy Bandwagon to a Lasting Mark

May 20, 2015 by ·

How do we prevent ‘character education’ from becoming a faddy bandwagon that rolls on by? Educational bandwagons come and go, and normally it doesn’t matter a jot. “Bye, bye coursework,” you think, as some education minister or other rants out his latest vision for driving up standards. “Never mind.... Read More

Three Evidence-Based Daily Habits for Wellbeing and Happiness

March 4, 2015 by ·

This week I spoke with Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder along with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of the Wholebeing Institute. Megan is in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive... Read More

How Character Strengths Give You Self Worth

February 19, 2014 by ·

We want to thank Sara Staggs, LICSW, MSW, MPH, senior trauma therapist at the DC Rape Crisis Center for contributing this post. When clinicians talk about using character strengths, we often talk about using them to help people reach their fullest potential.  And when we talk about helping people reach... Read More

Through SongwritingWith: Soldiers Veterans Explore Their Strengths

February 10, 2014 by ·

Mary Judd invites you to experience character strengths through the souls of United States veterans. So, what do you see when you look at this photo? A bunch of men eating lunch, right? Maybe co-workers at a picnic, a ball team after a game? They are US Veterans from... Read More

‘Thank You’ Is One Of Her Best Compliments

January 29, 2014 by ·

Dr. Leigh Neier says the best compliment she can receive is the one that recognizes her gratitude strength. She explains in this post.   On the first day of each new semester, before- and after-class interactions with my new students are among my favorite conversations of the entire semester!... Read More

Tips For Boosting Your Five Happiness Strengths

December 23, 2013 by ·

The science of positive psychology has revealed five character strengths that are particularly connected with higher levels of happiness: ZEST, HOPE, GRATITUDE, CURIOSITY and LOVE Are you high in any of these character strengths? According to research by the VIA Institute on Character, over 75 percent of people have... Read More

Why You Should Focus On Strengths In Business

September 27, 2013 by ·

We want to thank Stephen Balzac, president of 7 Steps Ahead, LLC, for allowing us to post this except from his upcoming book, Organizational Psychology for Managers. Our strengths are the things that we enjoy doing. The reason our strengths are strong is because we feel good when we... Read More