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

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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

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.

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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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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

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:

Character Day Webinar with Jillian Darwish Tuesday, August 2

What does a strengths-based school culture look like? How can we engage learners of all ages? These are the questions that Mayerson Academy's President, Jillian Darwish, will address in her featured webinar with Let It Ripple on Tuesday, August 2. She has seen, firsthand, the impact that character strength interventions can have on teachers, administrators, students and parents and she wants to share her experiences with you. Don't miss this free webinar. Sign up here

Mindfulness and Character Strengths: Teaching Students How To Flourish

Wilderness School in Adelaide, South Australia, implemented a Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice program to teach students healthy coping skills that they could use when dealing with school and life pressures. After completing the program students reported feeling more relaxed and focused when doing their school work as well as many other positive outcomes. Read more here

Your Child At Their Best Video

It is so important that you, as a parent, nurture your child's best qualities. Knowing your child's character strengths can help you understand what is important to them and how they want to explore their world. This video illustrates how creating an environment that supports and celebrates your child's strengths will allow them to grow into the best version of themselves. Watch now.

Addicted to your Phone? 10 Tips for Breaking Away

Many of us rely heavily on our phones, and they are extremely useful devices. But what happens when checking emails, texting, playing games, etc. starts to interfere with LIFE? In this blog, Dr. Ryan Niemiec discusses how we can use mindfulness to cut back on cell phone use and start enjoying the here and now. Read 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