How Do You Express Love at Work?

October 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

For managers, coaches and consultants working with others around their character strengths, it’s sometimes difficult to see how the strength of love can be appropriately expressed in a work environment. The key is finding the right context and expression with colleagues which will  differ from the way it is... Read More

Using Strengths to Understand Social Anxiety

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Social anxiety has always been examined with a deficit-based approach—exclusively looking at what’s wrong or weak. Until now. Newly published research shows how social anxiety can be linked to strengths expression, specifically overuse and underuse. It is possible to overuse any of your character strengths. For example, if you use too... Read More

Time to Get Off The Never-Ending Hamster Wheel—Live in Gratitude

September 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Nancy Fredericks, for this post on boosting the VIA strength of Gratitude.  Do you wake up most mornings with your mind furiously spinning as though you’re a hamster stuck inside the wheel of your work life? If so, you are not alone.... Read More

Focusing, Befriending and Flexing that 24th Strength

September 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Thank you to our VIA Blog Contributor, Mary Kiley, for this post on boosting lesser strengths!  Focusing: Discovering the part of our personality that is in ‘last place’ can be similar to awkwardly greeting an old, fair-weather friend, with those swaggering eye rolls and smirks only barely masking an unwanted... Read More

Did the Solar Eclipse Make You Happier?

August 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States experienced a solar eclipse, a celestial event when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. Many people gathered outside, with special glasses, to view the rare sighting. And, interestingly, afterwards many people reported feeling... Read More

Widen Your Perspective! 6 Different Ways To View and Boost Your Strengths

August 10, 2017 by ·

No matter how you slice it, you have 24 unique characteristics that make up your good character. These 24 “power tools” help you build relationships, finish work tasks, explore hobbies and, ultimately create a happy, well-balanced life. For each person, these strengths come forth in a different order and degree,... Read More

A Strategy for Completing Your Most Dreaded Tasks

July 20, 2017 by ·

Everyone has chores or tasks that they avoid at all costs. But, what if you had a strategy, using strengths that you already possess, that would make the activity more enjoyable? You have the tools you just need to put them to use for you! Harvard scientist, Ellen Langer, looked... Read More

The Mystery of Love

February 22, 2017 by ·

“There is great mystery to love, how it shows up. If you are not paying close attention, you could miss it,” explained Neal Mayerson, founder of the VIA Institute, during my interview with him. Neal knows that firsthand. He almost missed his shooting star moment. He shares his personal... Read More

Research Proven Ways to Manage Your Stress

February 8, 2017 by ·

You have more stress-management tools than you may think. As I discussed in a previous post (see here), we need to learn to “get good at stress” and there are a lot of ways that we can manage high anxiety situations and events. In this post I’ll review 10... Read More

The Emotional Fuel that Drives Corporate Profitability

February 1, 2017 by ·

What’s the ‘secret sauce’ that builds employee engagement and has the organization thriving? Hope! Even in the midst of belt-tightening, heightened competition, organizational changes, process and employee redundancies, and declining real pay and benefits, Hope is the emotional engine which generates profitability for organizations! Hope is crucial for effective... Read More