The VIA Survey

Discover your best qualities in 15 minutes with our scientific survey of
character strengths.

Take The Free VIA Survey

Learn Your Character Strengths. Live Your Potential.

The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities.

Of all the positive psychology tools I use I still find the VIA Survey the most simple, compelling and effective tool to help leaders and employees immediately create positive changes for themselves, their team and their organization.”
Michelle, Workplace Well-being Teacher

Created under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, the "father of Positive Psychology" and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish, and Dr. Christopher Peterson, distinguished scientist at the University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology, and validated by Robert McGrath, Ph.D., the VIA Survey is regarded as a central tool of positive psychology and has been used in hundreds of research studies and taken by over 5 million people in over 190 countries resulting in better workplaces... schools... teams...LIVES the world over.

Take The Free VIA Survey

Discover Your Pathways to Flourishing

Dr. Seligman theorizes that the 24 VIA character strengths are the pathways to each of the 5 areas of well-being (PERMA). They underpin  each element - deploying your highest strengths leads to:

  • More positive emotion;
  • More engagement;
  • Better relationships
  • More meaning; and
  • More accomplishments



Personalize Your Character Strengths Results

Take the VIA Survey to discover your strengths. After completing the VIA Survey, your results are used to produce your personalized VIA Reports with exercises and resources to help you move towards a more fully realized "you".

VIA Me! Report

VIA Survey Results


Your Character Strengths Profile:
  • Rank order listing of all 24 strengths
  • Discover where the strengths fall for you
VIA Me! Report


Only $20

Report on ALL 24 of your strengths:
  • A deep dive into your signature strengths
  • Tips for boosting lesser strengths
VIA Me! Report


Only $40

In-depth review of your signature strengths:
  • Signature strengths research and benefits
  • Learn about strengths overuse/underuse

Learn more about all VIA Reports

One Survey. Accessible to all.

The VIA Survey is available in different forms and languages* to allow it to reach as many people world-wide as possible. Review your options and choose which form and language is best for you. We are grateful to our generous group of volunteer translators.