7 Great Benefits of Mindfulness in Positive Psychology

In the most basic sense, mindfulness is being consciously aware of your thoughts and emotions. For one to practice good mindfulness it involves the ‘self-regulation’ of attention so that it is focused on adopting a neutral attitude toward one’s experiences in the present moment. There
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7 Ways Virtues of Unity

7 Ways to Teach Your Kids The 5 Virtues of Unity

Oneness or unity is what makes us human. Hominids, the first human beings evolved because they were able to connect in social groups on an emotional level. We have lost a huge part of our natural instincts, no longer living in harmony with nature we risk losing the emotional bonds whi
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The Benefits of Curiosity: 4 Ways to Cultivate Your Enthusiasm

“The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, poke at it, question it, and turn it inside out.” Evolutionarily speaking, it’s easy to see what drove most primitive human actions. All behaviours were focused on promoting survival: food, shelter
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The Virtue of Transcendence: How to Use and Improve Your Strengths

Strengths are a key concept in positive psychology. Seligman and Peterson produced a handbook providing a systematic classification and measurement of strengths, the VIA Character Strengths and Virtues. In this fundamental text, Seligman and Peterson categorize 24 strengths into 6 cla
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6 Best TED Talks on VIA Character Strengths and Virtues

One of the most discussed categories in positive psychology is that of strengths. The VIA Character Strengths and Virtues lists the 6 main categories of virtues, which are: Wisdom and Knowledge Courage Humanity Justice Temperance and Transcendance  In addition, each one of these consi
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What is the Classification of Character Strengths and Virtues?

Character Strengths and Virtues is a groundbreaking handbook that was created built on reports from a prestigious group of researchers who have attempted to create a systematic classification and measurements of widely valued positive traits. The aim was to present a measure of humani
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Via Survey

The VIA Survey: 7 Ways to Recognize Your Strengths and Act on Them

Wisdom. Courage. Humanity. Transcendence. Justice. Moderation. Ever stopped to think what these different values mean to you? Do you know which of these have the greatest impact in your wellbeing? The six values are the result of the work of Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson. Seligma
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The Strengths Self-Efficacy Scale: Assessing Strengths in Action

Use of our strengths invokes within us a sense of authenticity, vitality, invigoration, intrinsic motivation and yearning. However in order to have positive experiences and move closer towards self-actualisation we need to use them successfully. So how do we know when we are being eff
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Strength Interviews: An Exercise in Strength Spotting

“Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave and are the keys to you being your best self.” – VIA Character Institute Strength spotting is a process through which we develop our ability to identify these character strengths
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Defining Leadership: The Character Strength in Action

Traditional literature usually defines leadership according to its 5 styles namely Autocratic, Democratic, Laissez- Faire, Transactional and Transformational Leadership. Some of the other prominent leadership styles that commonly appear in the literature are Charismatic leadership (Ho
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Developing Character Strengths on the Dance Floor

“I see dance being used as communication between body and soul, to express what is too deep for words.” —Ruth St. Dennis We generally think of our thoughts and feelings as being primarily mental phenomena. However, my experience as a dance teacher has shown that our bodies
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Zest: The Character Strength for Satisfaction in Work and Life

‘For you, life is an adventure.’ -VIA Institution on Character, 2015 Have you ever met someone who lives their life to the fullest? They go out dancing; exploring a new world, their face always shows an expression of joy and excitement. Just being near them, you sense all of their ene
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Positive Psychology Kindness Strength

On Character Strengths: Kindness

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain What is kindness? Kindness is the ability to place the needs of others in front of your own, to be selfless and to empathize with those around you. It is one of the 24 character strengths and
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definition of values and value congruence

A Short Definition of ‘Values’ and ‘Value Congruence’

According to Wilson (2009), values can be defined as: “Freely chosen, verbally constructed consequences of ongoing, dynamic, evolving patterns of activity, which establish predominant reinforcers for that activity that are intrinsic in engagement in the valued behavioral pattern itsel
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Wisdom as a character strength

On Character Strengths: The Strength of Wisdom

Beyond the basic instincts of survival that all species have, what makes humans have high-functioning performances above other living things? Wisdom is one of the special virtues that humans possess. It has long been discussed in perspectives, such as philosophy, education, religion,
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Character Strength Finding Resources

Everyone has strengths within him- or herself, whether they realise their strengths or not. These strengths usually come naturally and are often not noticed as a core strength. Positive psychology practitioners are there to help you become aware of your strengths, to focus on them and
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