The Science behind character strengths - Positive Psychology

Character Strengths Research

Breaking New Ground

By Way Of

The "VIA" [vee-uh] in our organization's name is a reference to the role the Institute plays in connecting research and practice. 
Offering effective applications of character strengths by way of supporting the foundational research required to inform their development.  While VIA is most well-known for providing the tools that resulted from original, scientific ground-breaking research, the effort to catalyze new research into key issues related to character strengths – how to best utilize them, what benefits they create, and how they relate to each other - continues to be an active and integral part of our work.  Your support of VIA allows us to expand the knowledge-base on character strengths and how they help us all flourish. 

World's Largest Database on Character Strengths

Regarded as a central tool of positive psychology, the VIA Survey has been used in hundreds of research studies many of which have been presented at academic conferences and printed in peer-reviewed journals.  Each week, VIA collaborates with researchers across the globe to provide free access to the VIA Survey and raw data for use in studies ranging from the role of character strengths in romantic relationships to the differences in character strengths among offenders and non-offenders.  See a list of current researchers and studies being supported by the VIA Institute.  


Our on-going relationships with researchers and thinkers at the forefront of this field ensure that we remain at the epicenter of this global movement to help advance the science of character strengths. If you are a researcher interested in employing the VIA Survey in your studies, please click here to learn how. 

could boldy embrace her self-confidence and satisfaction

after finally taking on her strength of bravery


believes everyone deserves a second chance

he owns the strength of forgiveness


encourages his team by setting a good example

his leadership motivates and inspires