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Character Strengths

Did You Take Your Mental Health “Pill”?

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You probably engage in a variety of daily habits, for example: checking your email, brushing your teeth, or perhaps taking a vitamin/medication. What if we added one more quick habit to your day: "using 1 of your signature strengths in a new way". What kind of mental health benefits could you gain?

Over the recent years I have found that one of the most overlooked pathways for...
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Character Strengths

“Character Day” is Today: Join 1,500 Schools & Organizations

You’ll be glad you spent 8 minutes watching this movie on YouTube here.

Who am I?
Who do I want to become?

These are questions asked by humans throughout history. You might be asking these questions yourself. Following the groundbreaking scientific VIA Classification of human strengths (which some call “The Periodic Table of Character Strengths”), there is now a framework for discussing these questions.

And, what would be a better way to explore character strengths than to watch a movie about it!?
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Character Strengths

A Happiness Strategy for the New Year

Think about the best things in your life. What would your life be like without your supportive spouse, your good health, your house, or your college degree?

When it comes to creating more happiness in life, experts usually tell us to add more things—get a dog, build a friendship, add a gratitude list, etc. But, what about taking things away? Subtraction. Could that make us happier?
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Character Strengths

From Self-Criticism to Self-Inquiry

Many times after a business or work meeting, especially those involving one-on-one interaction, I would leave the meeting and a voice in my head would say:

You should have said _____.
Why didn’t you bring up _____? Why did you hold back?
You could have been smoother when you were discussing ____.
The other person wasn’t receptive to my idea about ___. I should have explained it better.

And on and on my thinking would go.
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Character Strengths

What is a Positive Relationship? 5 Tips from Before Midnight

Ever think about what happens after “happily ever after”? Do the characters at the end of movies live in some sort of eternal bliss and glee?

Of course not. But as viewers we don’t get to see what happens next in these formulaic Hollywood films. There are exceptions.

Enter Before Midnight, a new romance-drama starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, and directed by auteur filmmaker, Richard Linklater. This is the third installment of films made about 10 years apart and follow two characters, Jesse and Celine, after their original chance encounter on a train heading to Vienna (see Before Sunrise and Before Sunset).

These films are known for engaging dialogue. Conversations that are “real,” poignant, and interesting. Characters share themselves, their ideas, and their opinions openly. They attack, praise, cajole, and surprise one another. We are carried through love and intimacy, thoughts about their relationship origins and life philosophies, the fruits and challenges of long-term commitment, and tense arguments.

Before Midnight is a quintessential “dialogue film.” This helps it be an outstanding “teacher” of positive relationships.
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