Men and Women: Are We Really That Different?

May 7, 2018 by ·

As I continue to give workshops on character strengths, one of the most commonly asked questions is whether men and women score higher on different strengths. Until recently, there hasn’t been much to say. But, we have some answers now that the largest research study on gender differences and character strengths was conducted... Read More

An Exercise On Seeing Your Future

April 18, 2018 by ·

Warren Buffet once said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” This is a great reminder that doing things now can set you up for future success. In fact, when was the last time you thought about what you want for... Read More

VIA Strengths: Supercharging Ability for Employment Opportunity

March 21, 2018 by ·

The EDGE Program is a positive training and coaching program for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. The program focuses on interventions and coaching from the field of Applied Positive Psychology. The VIA Strengths model and our active use of the model in working with our participants’ strengths... Read More

Real Tips from Real People: 6 Pathways to Positive Mental Health

February 28, 2018 by ·

Research indicates that there are 6 core themes that lead to well-being and positive mental health. In this post, I’ll break down the 6 themes and share tips from real people on how to use your character strengths to discover these pathways for yourself. 1.) Environmental mastery What it means:... Read More

Your Mindfulness Practice Contributes To A Better World

February 12, 2018 by ·

Have you ever thought about how a mindfulness practice not only benefits you, but benefits others as well? This story that came from a retreat with renowned meditation teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (referred to as “Thay,” which is Vietnamese for “teacher”) exemplifies this. In each of Thay’s retreats, there is an opportunity... Read More

How To Recognize Your Superpowers

January 31, 2018 by ·

And the Superpowers in Others We all come with a specific set of character strengths that makes us unique. And at one point or another, you’ve probably been told what your unique strengths are. Perhaps your friends have praised your creativity or mentioned how good of a leader you... Read More

Character Strengths Poem

January 11, 2018 by ·

WISDOM Creativity is shaping your thoughts into something that you have never seen or heard before. It’s letting your imagination go and start to soar. Curiosity is having an open mind and wanting to find something new every day. Asking questions to learn more than you do And in... Read More

Surviving or Thriving? 7 Tips To Get the Most Out of Life!

November 20, 2017 by ·

Day-by-day do you feel like you are just going through the motions or really thriving? Do you bounce back quickly from adversity and problems, and feel strong physically and psychologically? If you don’t feel you are truly thriving, don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to get there. In a recent study, researchers reviewed what... Read More

What Does It Really Mean to Be Mindful?

November 16, 2017 by ·

When thinking about the concept of mindfulness, one thing is certain: the emphasis on being “purposeful” in your attention is crucial as a counterbalance to the automatic pilot default that inhabits our mind most of the time. You can purposefully bring your attention to your child’s smile, to the feeling... Read More

Do You Know Your Team’s Strengths?

November 7, 2017 by ·

Can you map the top five character strengths of your team members off the top of your head?  This is a challenge we regularly set leaders, and given most of them struggle to remember their own signature strengths it probably won’t surprise you to hear that they rarely feel... Read More