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How to Thrive at Work and Home with Your Strengths. Source: DepositPhotos/VIA Institute Now that you’ve joined the 8 million people who've identified their character strengths with the VIA Survey, what do you do next?

How to Thrive at Work and Home with Your Strengths

Let’s turn to what you can do in both your personal life and your work-life. Make it personal! 10 Best TED Talks on VIA Character Strengths and Virtues. When you think of how to live a life in which you can flourish, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

10 Best TED Talks on VIA Character Strengths and Virtues

For many, flourishing is tantamount to happiness. 10 Ways Managers and Leaders are Spotting Strengths at Work. Source: DepositPhotos/VIA Institute.

10 Ways Managers and Leaders are Spotting Strengths at Work

7 Most Accurate Character Strengths Assessments and Tests. Character strengths are an indispensable aspect of positive psychology.

7 Most Accurate Character Strengths Assessments and Tests

They are a unique collection of personal abilities that act as buffers against mental health disorders and positively impact our overall health and well-being. The concept of character strengths was popularized by Martin Seligman and Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi’s research in the early 2000s. Later, in 2004, Christopher Peterson’s works on the topic amplified its acceptance globally. 12 Character Strength Examples, Interventions, and Worksheets. One of the biggest topics in positive psychology is character strengths.

12 Character Strength Examples, Interventions, and Worksheets

If you’ve given any positive psychology resources even a cursory glance, you’ve probably read about them in some capacity—what they are, how they fit into the field, how to improve them, and how to capitalize on them. Their popularity as a topic of interest is driven by their applicability and their history in the field of positive psychology. It’s a concept that applies to everybody; unlike resilience or gratitude or optimism (constructs where you fall on a spectrum from “high” to “low”), everyone has character strengths, and everyone can use them.

It was also one of the first topics to fall solidly within the positive side of psychology. Personality characteristics and traits are topics that fit comfortably in traditional psychology, but the focus on strengths—uniquely positive characteristics—give the topic a firm grounding in the positive. The VIA Survey: 31 Ways to Recognize Your Strengths and Act on Them. 10 Reasons to Focus on Your Strengths. Have you ever found yourself stuck in a job you really weren’t enjoying?

10 Reasons to Focus on Your Strengths

Perhaps you needed the money? Or maybe you needed to stay for your resume? Or possibly you weren’t sure what else you wanted to be doing? Several years ago my boss asked me to take on a project I really didn’t want to be doing for a host of good reasons: it wasn’t work I enjoyed; the team’s morale was at rock bottom and; it had already failed several times. Unfortunately, being promoted to the job of my dreams required me to deliver this project successfully.

Signature Strengths and Core Values. Feb 04, 2016 by Kathryn Kleypas The field of positive psychology, from which the practice of coaching emerged, moved away from the deficit model of personal development and instead works from a strengths model.

Signature Strengths and Core Values

Coaching does not view people as broken and in need of fixing or empty vessels in need of filling. Instead coaching sees people as innately gifted with resiliency, intelligence, powers of choice, and repositories of their own unique constellations of strengths and values. A coach’s job is to help the coachee tease these out to act on them in ways best suited to his or her goals. Coaching takes as its starting point the belief that when a person is living a life “aligned” with his strengths and values, life is richer and more fulfilling. Are You Prepared to Handle Life Changes? July 25, 2018 by VIA Institute on Character · Turn Small Changes Into Big Opportunities There is an old Chinese proverb, “When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills.”

Are You Prepared to Handle Life Changes?

It’s a beautiful metaphor for how you can approach transitions with either resistance or purpose. But what about those times that you don’t notice the wind is blowing? You look around and realize that you are in the middle of a life change that you didn’t quite prepare for.

The 24 Personal Strengths

Inspiration. Self-Assessment. Process of Personality Construction and Evolution. Stress Regulation. Cultivating Character Strengths in Kids. The Character Traits List. How to Discover Your Personal Strengths. Ways To Use Your VIA Strengths. August 18, 2015 by VIA Institute on Character · By: Tayyab Rashid, Ph.D., University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada Afroze Anjum, Psych.D, Toronto District School Board, Canada CORE VIRTUE: WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE acquisition and use of knowledge I.

Ways To Use Your VIA Strengths

Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]: Curiosity is taking an interest in all of ongoing experience. It involves actively recognizing and pursuing challenging opportunities and seeking out new knowledge. Wondrous Oblivion (2003; UK) – The movie tells a compelling story of David, who is obsessed with cricket but struggles to play it well. How You Can Let Your Strengths Shine. Source: DepositPhotos/VIA Institute Why should you care about character strengths?

How You Can Let Your Strengths Shine

Why learn your strengths and express them? The reasons are myriad. The impact is undeniable. Here are two main reasons: Anyone Can Boost Happiness With This Simple Exercise. December 3, 2018 by Dr. Ryan Niemiec · In one of the most cited intervention studies in positive psychology, Seligman et al. (2005), participants were tasked with using their signature strengths in new ways for 1 week. The results… mind-blowing! Those individuals reported significantly higher levels of happiness and decreased levels of depression with a lasting effects for up to 6 months! But, this study was conducted years ago… could the outcomes be replicated? When researchers want to know whether or not an intervention has been effective over the years, they conduct a meta-analysis.

As a refresher, the intervention called “use your signature strengths in new ways” asks people to take the VIA Survey, choose one of their highest strengths, and then use that strength in a new way each day for one week. Then, what is even more remarkable is that study after study, across cultures, shows this activity brings significant benefits for people. Greater Good in Action. 24 Ways to Use Strengths to Help Your Clients. Source: VIA Institute/DepositPhotos.


Strength-Based Leadership Development. Strength Based Leadership is largely about understanding the psychology of our own and others behavior. Once we understand the mechanisms that govern our choices, we also have a far better condition to make wise choices in tough situations. Strength Based Leadership is a research-founded, practically approach known to increase motivation, effort, and performance. MIND: has developed a leadership program consisting of a 7-step method for spotting, developing and applying strengths in individuals, teams and organizations.

Topics covered:• Positive psychology: Theoretical foundation for strength-based leadership: Eudaimonic well-being, the importance of self-regulation, mindsets, expert performance, the psychology of change and development,motivation and learning. • Strenght-based leadership in three dimensions: - 1. Who should enroll:The program is designed for executive leaders within the private and public sector, team-managers or talents aspiring to become leaders.