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

Top 10 NEW Research Findings on Character Strengths

September 17, 2015 by ·

The 2nd annual Character Day is tomorrow, September 18th! This is a day for everyone around the world to focus on the BEST qualities in all human beings- character strengths. In honor of this “holiday” I have rounded up some of the latest and greatest recent research on character... 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

24 Ways to Make Mindfulness Stickier

April 13, 2015 by ·

I don’t have the time to practice mindfulness. I would like to meditate but I usually forget. Meditation is too difficult. My mind always wanders. When I survey participants in my mindfulness programs, these are the three most common mindfulness obstacles people report. I say “obstacles” because these are... Read More

Is There A Strengths Revolution Underway In Our Workplaces?

March 10, 2015 by ·

As a senior leader in a large global organization I was shocked when I first came across the data that suggested only 2 out of every 10 people had a chance to do what they do best each day at work. Shocked, but not surprised.  Let’s be honest at... Read More

Help! I’m Confused By My Strengths?!

December 3, 2014 by ·

Often times, individuals complete the VIA Survey, review their rank order list of strengths and then find themselves asking questions about the meaning behind some of the strengths. For example, “What is the difference between curiosity and love of learning?”, “I’ve never thought of myself as a leader, how... Read More

SongwritingWith: Soldiers Movie Incorporates VIA Strengths

July 2, 2013 by ·

“I listen to these songs all the time. I don’t know what it is about them but they are helping me heal.”  ~ SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat participant Mary Judd’s program SongwritingWith:Soldiers will be featured in a prime time special on HLN – July 4th at 7pm EST. The program will... Read More

How To Identify VIA Character Strengths – Strength Spotting

June 26, 2013 by ·

Strengths-spotting is one of the best, initial activities that deepens our understanding of our strengths and the strengths of others. There are 2 general levels to strengths-spotting: 1.) Spotting strengths in action in others. 2.) Spotting strengths in action in oneself. This blog entry will focus on spotting strengths... Read More