From Arrogance to Appreciation

March 24, 2015 by ·

How do we learn to navigate this journey called life?  It is full of twists and turns, ups and downs, joy and anguish, clarity and confusion, love and hate.  We rely on two basic processes. First, we learn “best practices” by observing others. We observe them directly and through... Read More

Eight Reasons Why You Should Talk About Your Strengths

February 15, 2014 by ·

In part one, I discussed how, when we are asked to discuss our strengths, it is easy to create a barrier—a false humility. People then rationalize this by placing blame on their culture, personal anxiety, and a host of other reasons. Here, in part two, is my argument for... Read More

Express Your Strength Of Zest For Greater Happiness

December 10, 2013 by ·

We invite you to watch this video and tap into your strength of zest and enthusiasm! Did you Know– expressing your strength of zest can lead to greater happiness? (Please click on the image below or click here to watch the video.) If you would like a copy of... Read More

Priming the Good: How Far Can This Take You?

September 26, 2012 by ·

Research studies have shown that if a therapist focuses on their client’s strengths prior to a therapy session (called “resource priming”) that a number of positive outcomes unfold. These include: Improved therapy outcomes Higher use of strengths in the session A stronger practitioner-client relationship More experiences of accomplishment (sense... Read More

Depression? Turn to your VIA Strengths!

April 11, 2012 by ·

Using your top VIA strengths – your signature strengths – has been shown to be effective to increasing happiness and decreasing depression. Several scientific studies have shown this. As a psychologist for many years helping clients with depression, I focused heavily on what was wrong. I asked my clients... Read More