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Research reveals that people who use their strengths every day are:

  • 3x more likely to report having an excellent quality of life
  • 6x more likely to be engaged at work

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Research shows that VIA character strengths can be used to address a variety of life challenges and achieve positive personal and professional outcomes. Use your VIA character strengths to help you:

Study after study, across cultures, shows that Zest, Hope and Love are the strengths most connected with Happiness. A popular exercise to use your top strengths in a new way has been shown to increase well-being and decrease depression.

Be Happier

The recognition and appreciation of your relationship partner's character strengths is connected with better relationships and more commitment to one's partner. And, strengths endorsement and strengths deployment are related to relationship satisfaction.

Strengthen Relationships

Character strengths are connected with resilience and buffer people from vulnerabilities that can lead to depression and anxiety, such as the need for approval and perfectionism.

Manage Problems

Researchers have found that people who use their character strengths experience a higher level of self-esteem and self-efficacy which means that people feel good about themselves along with a sense of self-confidence and self-assuredness.

Boost Confidence

In two workplace samples character strengths were connected with improved coping with work stress and with a decrease in the negative effects of stress.

Reduce Stress

The use of signature strengths has been connected with individuals making greater progress on their goals. In another study, perseverance was the strength most associated with productivity and least associated with counter-productive work behaviors.

Accomplish Goals

Join the over 5 million people who have taken the VIA Survey and start your journey. What will you find?

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Individuals: Empower Yourself

Individuals: Empower Yourself

Whether you are pursuing an important goal, at a crossroads in your life, or just interested in learning more about what's best in you, VIA can provide you with the tools you need to live your best life.

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Professionals: Empower Others

Professionals: Empower Others

From the classroom to the board room, VIA offers tools and resources to equip you with the expertise you need to bring out the best in others.
 

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New breakthroughs in the science of character have uncovered exciting possibilities for impacting performance, life satisfaction and managing life issues.  VIA’s reports, courses and resources help you unlock the potential.

Reports

Reports

The perfect complement to the free VIA Survey results, VIA Reports provide insights, practices and resources that map out how to achieve a more optimal, engaged, and positively fulfilled life. Purchase for yourself or use with your clients and employees.

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Courses

Courses

Whether you are a strengths novice or a seasoned practitioner, VIA Courses provide strategies and solutions to reach your maximum potential. You'll be equipped with the skills you need to begin your own journey, and to guide others on their path to empowerment.

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Resource Center

Resource Center

Organized by areas of interest and format, the VIA's Resource Center provides free resources to help individuals work with their strengths and to support professionals in delivering high quality, strengths-based services to their clients, employees, colleagues and students.

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Latest News:

VIA's, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, named 2017 IPPA Fellow

Greater Happiness Comes From Two Little Words

Want an easy way to practice living more mindfully? Try saying "thank you" to everything and everyone that you encounter. Flexing the strength of gratitude in this way allows you to reconnect with the present moment and all of the little things that you might typically take for granted. In this blog post, Dr. Ryan Niemiec shares how to put this tip to use. Read more here

Fostering Kindness and Empathy In Schools

Character Strengths Revolution

Did you know that only 20-30% of people in the world consider themselves to be flourishing? Additionally, 25% of the population are at the other end of the continuum and are languishing. How can we move the needle towards a more productive, happy and healthy society? In this video, VIA's founder, Dr. Neal Mayerson, discusses why this work around character strengths is so important for our future, both individually and as a community. Watch now

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

Do You Know Your Team's Strengths?

As a leader, it is your job to inspire and motivate your team. What better way than to help them cultviate the qualities that already come most naturally to them? Workplace well-being expert, Michelle McQuaid, describes a simple process for mapping your team's strengths to improve engagement. Read more here

Character Strengths Interventions

Character Strengths Interventions

Just released! Dr. Ryan Niemiec's groundbreaking book, Character Strengths Interventions, is a goldmine for practitioners interested in science-based applications. According to Martin E.P. Seligman, founder of positive psychology, "this is the GO-TO book for building character." Get your copy here


The VIA survey immediately provided me a new way to view myself and others more accurately and fully.

- Mary, Educator

To see others light up when they discover their strengths, then realize the potential that lies within, is one of the most gratifying parts of my work.

- John, Executive Coach