They focus on people's strengths rather than their shortcomings

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The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization that systematically explores what is best about human beings. With the aid of scientifically validated character strengths assessments for youth and adults, they focus on people's strengths rather than their shortcomings. Their Classification of Strengths is the "backbone" of the science of positive psychology.

What are your top strengths?

VIA Fact Sheet

An introduction to Strengths-based education


Useful Websites

Fiona is an ambassador of VIA institute. View this link to find out more:

 Centre of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP)

CAPP are a people management consultancy specialising in strengths-based approaches. Their Realise2 products and programmes work to help organisations and people realise their strengths and achieve their goals.

Recommended Texts

Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahar, B. McGraw Hill. England (2009)
Even Happier, by Tal Ben-Shahar, B. McGraw Hill. England (2010)
The Pursuit of Perfect, by Tal Ben-Shahar, B. McGraw Hill. England (2009)
Flow, by M Csikszentmihalyi, Harper and Row, USA (2002)
Celebrating Strengths, by Jenny Fox Eades, CAPP Press, UK (2008)
The Strengths Book, by Linley, A., Willars, J., & Biswas-Diener, R, CAPP Press, UK (2010)
The Power of Full Engagement, by Loehr, J., & Schwartz, T. The Free Press, New York (2003).
The How of Happiness, by Lyubomirsky, S. Penguin Books, London (2007).
Character Strengths and Virtues Peterson, C., &Seligman, M.E.P., Oxford University Press. New York, (2004)
Authentic Happiness. Seligman, M.E.P. New York: Simon and Schuster Inc. (2002)
What you can Change... and What you Can't Seligman, M.E.P., Vintage Books, New York (2007) Learned Optimism Seligman, M.E.P. Vintage Books, New York (2006)
Flourish. Seligman, M.E.P, The Free Press. New York (2011) 

Learned Optimism, by Martin E.P. Seligman, Random House, USA, 1991

The Pursuit of Perfect, by Tal Ben-Shahar, McGraw Hill, USA, 2009

Pursuing the Good Life, by Christopher Peterson, Oxford University Press, USA, 2013
The Reality Slap, by Dr Russ Harris, Exisle Publisihng, 2011
Positive Psychology in Practice, Edited by P. Alex Linley and Stephen Joseph, John Wiley, USA, 2004

Created by the VIA Institute, this 8 minute documentary depicts character strengths in action in an elementary school classroom. Includes interviews with students who actively learn about and use their strengths.

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