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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.
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.
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.
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.
In two workplace samples character strengths were connected with improved coping with work stress and with a decrease in the negative effects of 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.
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Have you heard of the mindful pause? It is a mindfulness strategy I introduced last year that focuses on taking action right away, tapping into your natural strengths. Read more here.
Middle strengths often get lost in the shuffle. We don't use these phasic strengths as often as signature strengths, but they are always there when we need them, just like a reliable friend. Read more about why phasic strengths are important and how to spot them when they rise up here.
New year, new stress? Luckily, there are strategies that you can practice to "get good" and handling stress. In this blog post, Dr. Ryan Niemiec, provides 10 ways you can deal with stress and become more resilient. Read more here.
What's the "secret sauce" that builds employee engagement and has the organization thriving? In this blog post, executive coach, Nancy Fredericks, reviews why the strength of hope is crucial for effective management. Read more here.
The VIA survey immediately provided me a new way to view myself and others more accurately and fully.
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.
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria: