The Mindful Pause: How to Help Others

The very popular and short exercise called "the mindful pause" integrates character strengths & mindfulness. This post delves into its use by practitioners. Learn several examples.

The Best Mindfulness Exercise Most People Don’t Know

Do you use the mindful pause? People are reporting it helps them improve their mindfulness and bring out the best in them. See several examples here.

Mindfulness and Character Strengths in Schools

The integration of character strengths and mindfulness in the classroom has arrived! Check out the innovative approach being taken at the Wilderness School in Australia.

The New IEP: Using Strengths to Set Goals

What is usually missing from the typical IEP?

How to Assess Your Strengths: 5 Tactics for Self-Growth

What are your strengths? Seems like an easy question but most people don't know. These 5 exercises will help you immediately.

Positive Relationships: 7 Tips to Deal With “the Bad"

How do you handle it when someone is negative or upset? While it's difficult to truly “be with” another person who is suffering, you can have a positive impact. Here are 7 ways...

The Positive Psychology Movie Awards of 2015!

Curious about the best movie depicting mindfulness? Positive emotions? Resilience? Strength use? Now in its 7th year, I bring to you the positive psychology movie awards...

Being Positive: It’s Not Mindfulness, It’s Savoring

Mindfulness and savoring are different concepts. Understand this important distinction between the two.

New Positive Psychology Exercise!

Learn a new and powerful 4-step exercise. It just might help you understand yourself better and improve your self-confidence!

How to Best Help Your Children to Thrive

Our birth marks the beginning of a lifelong tension between our personal self-expression and the challenge of meeting the demands/wishes of others. We have two choices...

Learn a New Strengths Habit in 11-minutes

Think you're too busy to work on your character strengths? Here's a simple approach for you that has research on its side.

73 Pathways to Greater Happiness in the New Year!

Just in time for New Year's resolutions. Here's all the tips and strategies you'll need to boost your well-being.

Do You Pout Too Much?

Admit it. You pout from time to time. It’s part of our privilege of being human to feel sorry for ourselves...but what can you do about it?

The Secret to Great Leadership

Strong leaders agree on one thing: When it comes to great leadership, the first principle is “leader, know thyself.” The latest research takes this a step further.

4 New and Helpful Insights on Gratitude

Gratitude is easy to apply and brings nice benefits. If you relate to gratitude practice then you'll want to see these 4 new findings. If you don't relate to gratitude, check out what you can prioritize instead.

Top 10 Highly Popular Strategies for Boosting Happiness

Here are 10 of the most popular interventions for boosting well-being. The science of happiness is young but there are many good strategies that have begun to show consistency in both research and popularity. Which ones will you try?

Top 10 Unpopular Strategies to Boost Happiness

When it comes to boosting well-being, some exercises get all the attention (e.g.., mindfulness) and some get little attention. This post offers 10 powerful but rarely discussed interventions that emerge from well-being research.

3 Ways to Flourish - New Must-See Research

How can you become 9, 18 or 29 times more likely to flourish than others? Read on to discover 3 important pathways to flourishing.

The Heartful Way, Part 2

This post explores how heartfulness can also be internal (intra-personal) and will relay tips for practicing it and the research that supports these ideas.

The Heartful Way: Mindfulness, then Heartfulness

Most of us have an idea of what it means to be mindful but what does it mean to be heartful? This post explores the definition, examples, and concepts around heartfulness. It offers practical strategies for using mindfulness to jump-start heartfulness.

How to Practice Mindfulness – 5 Tips No One Has Told You

Mindfulness is a paradox. It’s the easiest thing in the world and the hardest thing in the world. But, you can cultivate your mindfulness. Here are 5 tips to find success with your mindfulness practice, whether you are new to mindfulness or someone who has been experiencing some hiccups in your practice.

Learning to Soar: Your Intelligences + Character Strengths

Have you heard the story about the farmer finding an eagle’s egg?

Top 10 Amazing (Recent) Findings on Character Strengths

The science of character strengths has exploded in the last decade and a half and we are gaining plenty of new knowledge about these core positive qualities in human beings. Here are 10 interesting and very recent research studies on VIA character strengths.

24 Simple Phrases to Boost Your Happiness

Character strengths use is connected to greater happiness. Many scientific studies have shown this. But, sometimes clarity is needed on what strengths are and how to use them. Here 24 strengths and phrases you can memorize that get at the essence of each universal quality.

Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials: Are Strengths Decreasing?

The VIA Institute on Character examined hundreds of thousands of strength profiles of the 4 main, living, adult generations (Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists). There are consistencies and interesting differences across the generations.

Your Lower Strengths Matter (Thanks Jim Gaffigan!)

Humor is my lowest character strength. Yet, it is of great value. Here's why: New research by Rene Proyer and colleagues shows that expressing either our highest character strengths OR our lowest strengths can be associated with higher levels of happiness. This supports one of the VIA Institute’s core teachings: All 24 character strengths matter.

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Coping: Imitate Anna (not Elsa)

Society continues to get it wrong. All the accolades, attention, and toy products emphasize Elsa over Anna. But, which character in Frozen can teach you about healthy coping with problems? Unhealthy coping? Who would you like your child to emulate? Learn about the various ways Elsa and Anna cope in the most popular animated film of all time.

Happify With Your Strengths!

Interested in the science of character strengths? Get tons of interesting research and information all in one image!

Depression: Here's One Forgotten Approach

The use of character strengths is not a cure for depression. It is an important adjunct. In fact, it's an often forgotten aspect of depression therapies. This is surprising because it couldn't be easier for people with depression or their therapists to integrate strengths into treatment. Here's how...

You Are Not Strengths-Based, Even When You Think You Are

Most people who help others believe they are "strengths-based." This is a fallacy. Each of these individuals is likely for more problem-based than strengths-based. Many people are "momentary strengths-based." Here are some stories to exemplify these points. I conclude with 10 insights on strengths blindness and mindfulness and strengths.