Discover ways to activate your strengths to overcome adversity, practice mindfulness, support children and improve your relationships with these curated videos from our YouTube channel. Visit VIA Strengths on YouTube to see even more videos on applying strengths to live your best life.

United in Strengths: Mindfulness and Character Strengths Live Sessions

For over 1 year during the COVID-19 pandemic, VIA hosted live, online Mindfulness and Character Strengths sessions to help create a community of people focusing on strengths and the goodness in the world. Sessions were rich with thoughtful discussions, guided meditations, stories of inspiration and so much more. Click here to view all archived sessions of United in Strengths.

A Character Strengths Revolution

In this presentation, Dr. Neal Mayerson discusses how positive psychology has brought into focus the aspects of our personality that we can mindfully attend to and subsequently improve our lives and the lives of others. As we attend to what is good in ourselves and in others, good things happen for us all.

The Science of Character

Character strengths are described as the capacities humans have for thinking, feeling, and behaving. Specifically, they are the psychological ingredients for displaying virtues or human goodness. VIA views each person as having a capacity for expressing any of the 24 character strengths in the VIA Classification. Some strengths are easier and more natural for the individual to express (their signature strengths), other strengths arise in particular situations where they are needed (phasic strengths), and other strengths are expressed to a lesser degree or lesser frequency (lesser strengths). Watch now.

Overcoming Illness with Strengths

Meet Lorna: she was bitten by her cat, which resulted in a serious bloodstream infection called septicemia.

She was left with serious paralysis from the waist down and limited movement in her upper body. She was later diagnosed with post-infectious disease syndrome and informed she had the potential for recovery but that it might take a long time.

That's when she turned to her character strengths to pull her through. Listen to her amazing story and share with others who may be recovering from an illness or disease.

Character Matters

On September 22, 2016 over 90,000 schools, organizations and communities participated in Character Day and hosted events to discuss the importance of character development. Individuals were encouraged to complete the free VIA Survey to discover their strengths. Watch this video of students of Christchurch, New Zealand celebrating their unique character strengths!

A Mindful Pause Exercise

Feeling anxious or stressed out? Try this brief mindfulness exercise to relax and bring forth one of your character strengths.

Helping Your Child Be Their Best

Research shows that character strengths can help children succeed at school and in life. This video provides an easy, 4-step approach to helping your child become more aware of their strengths and also encouraging them to use their strengths more frequently. Learn how you can link their well-doing with their well-being in this fun video.

Re-building a Life Through Character Strengths

Rodney Beamon had no job, no home, and no hope. Without any family supports, he had to do whatever it took to survive. But then he discovered VIA, and learned how to build upon his unique strengths, and it changed his life.

Back to School List with Strengths

Help your students and children discover their strengths with the free, scientifically-validated Youth Survey.