Your Strengths Application Guide: How Practitioners Can Make the Most of Positive Psychology’s First Field-Guide!

August 2, 2017 by ·

The VIA Institute’s education director, Ryan Niemiec, has published a number of books for practitioners on character strengths, but Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners is the first book that brings everything together on the science of character. New York Times bestselling author of the Happiness Advantage,... Read More

Authentic Motivation

November 16, 2016 by ·

By: VIA Contributor, Fatima Doman We are born with everything we need to lead fulfilling lives. All twenty-four character strengths can be found in all human beings across the globe. Some of us are born into environments that cloud our access to that inner wisdom, but even in the... Read More

Find Happiness in Unfamiliar Ways

July 18, 2016 by ·

I’ll start this blog with a little courage by admitting my lowest character strength. The strength that comes in last for me is… well… bravery. Yet this weekend I had the opportunity to try something that was out of my comfort zone, and not only did my bravery get... Read More

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A Tip For Talking Behind Someone’s Back

July 12, 2016 by ·

Recently, I ran into an acquaintance and we stopped to have a quick chat. We talked about a few different things and during the course of the conversation I mentioned how kind and considerate my mother-in-law is. She had recently taken a day off of work just to pick... Read More

Remembering the Essence of Mother’s Day, Everyday

May 6, 2016 by ·

On this mother’s day, I am struck by the irony of highlighting just one day in appreciation of this daunting parenting role. For nine months, we anticipate with a full range of emotions, the birth of a child.  We have nine months to prepare…for the pregnancy and birth.  What... Read More

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

A Family on the Same Page, For the First Time

February 17, 2016 by ·

A little over two years ago, my husband and I sat once again in the psychologist’s office, reviewing the fourth and most recent psycho-educational evaluation for our daughter. Her learning difficulties and confusing diagnoses had taken us on a journey through diverse academic settings — from private to public,... Read More

U2’s Top 4 Character Strengths for Success

May 5, 2015 by ·

Special guest blogger: Michael Lee Stallard, president of E. Pluribus Partners and author of Connection Culture. U2 will undoubtedly be one of the greatest bands in history. But to think they began as a band people laughed is unfathomable. Today, U2 has been awarded more Grammy awards than any... Read More

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

Finding Mental Wealth at Work

March 17, 2015 by ·

Can you really improve each of the following at work by using your strengths? Happiness Productivity Engagement Meaningful work Have you heard the phrase: An engaged employee is a happy employee? Or maybe it’s the other way around – an engaged employee is a happy one? Either way, these... Read More