How To Use a “Strengths Board” to Boost Your Virtual Team

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What is a Strengths Board? And how can a visual display of strengths help you & your team cope with working remotely? If you’re like most people I know, your way of working has been turned upside down since March 2020. For many of us, working remotely has become the new normal. While there are read more…

How to Spot Strengths to Boost Engagement & Results

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Spot Strengths: A Story Adam was a few months into his new job as a Technical Lead. Fortunately, both he and his boss, Chris, thought he was doing pretty well. However, Adam felt a bit concerned about his tendency to ask questions about how different decisions would play out over time. Every time a colleague read more…

Character Strengths Interventions (Book Review)

Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners gives readers a fantastic in-depth tour of the science of the 24 Values-In-Action (VIA) strengths. The guide contains many immediately applicable interventions that can be used with clients. I wished for a reader-friendly guide to the book that recognizes the time pressures that practitioners face. For that reason, I’m going to do my best to provide a “how to use this book” guide at the end of this review.

My review of the book “Character Strengths Matter” by Kathryn Britton and Shannon Polly

What’s even better than an inspiring, innovative, and useful book that helps us thrive? One that also supports a good cause. Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life, edited by Kathryn Britton and Shannon Polly, is just such a book. Character Strengths Matter explores strengths: those things we do very well and that energize us. The read more…

Truly Tap Your Strengths To Do Better Work and Enjoy It More!

Strengths = Talent + Energy At Happy Brain Science we teach individuals and organizations how to Truly Tap Strengths by focusing on examining beliefs that may be inhibiting strengths, exploring ways to discover strengths, and strategizing ways to act and build on strengths. A strength, as defined by strengths researchers, is a behavior that you read more…

Hire a set of strengths? Yes and no.

I often present the workshop Truly Tapping Your Strengths–And Those of Your Team! The basic gist is that if you focus on what’s right with people and get them to use that more, everyone does better work and enjoys it more. A common question from my awesome audiences is “If I think a job needs a particular set read more…

What does it all mean? How to create “meaning” at work

How can you make more meaningful work, so you can enjoy all the benefits and live longer? Why should you care if you find your work meaningful? Because according to peer-reviewed research, finding meaning and significance at work improves: Keeping in mind that we are NOT your mental health professionals, the research also shows that read more…

Choose Happiness @ Work Online: Behind the Scenes

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Join us behind the scenes as Scott Crabtree develops Choose Happiness @ Work Online—the online version of our popular card game! We’ve received many requests for a version to play with remote teams, and Scott is working to make that a reality! What challenges will he face? What obstacles will he overcome? And most importantly: read more…

How to Boost Psychological Capital & Beat Burnout

Thanks to Noah Jacobson for this guest post about preventing and dealing with burnout! Noah interned previously with Happy Brain Science and became fascinated with the application of positive psychology. He graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience. If You’re Heading Toward Burnout… Work and life move at a different speed read more…

Building Stronger Teams: Short Video from Scott Crabtree

Are you looking for tools to help you build stronger teams? If so, you’re in luck! We’re offering a 5-part master class on developing strengths, starting July 15, 2020. And to make this series as accessible as possible, we’re providing a very affordable sliding scale! ***Watch the video or read the transcript below.***   Spotlight read more…