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48 Ways to Handle Life’s Challenges

One of the minor challenges I need to manage every day is driving in Johannesburg. Those of you who live here know what I'm talking about; for the rest of you, Jozi was once named one of the world's worst cities for commuting, largely thanks to the wild and illegal...

My Radio Interview with Jenny Crwys-Williams

Jenny Crwys-Williams' program is Johannesburg's top-rated English-speaking afternoon talk show, so I was delighted to be invited to spend half an hour chatting with her about character strengths. We touched on the background, the science and the importance of all of...

Free Live Interview about “Making Grateful Kids”

I've just signed up for a free teleconference you might also enjoy, with the authors of "Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character." It's being conducted by Ben Dean, founder and CEO of MentorCoach, tomorrow, 2 May 2014, from 13h00 to 14h20 Eastern Time...

How to Help Others Discover Their Strengths

What do you say when someone asks you, "what should I do?" Or, "how should I do it?" As a leader, you probably get asked these questions all the time. Your employees, students or children look to you for leadership -- and sometimes it's easiest to tell them what YOU...

Four Ways to Use Your Strengths Every Day

"It's true, I really can see a pattern in the strengths I use!" My daughter Sarah, 15, had been keeping the What Went Well journal for three days and I'd asked her what she thought of it. "Hurray!" was my reply, for two reasons: the journal was working, but even more...

This One Simple, Free Tool Can Help You Find Your Inner Strengths

Knowing your inner strengths allows you to rally them when you face a challenge, large or small. I’ve seen it happen time and again: for instance, knowing hers helped my friend Laurie navigate a tough year full of medical tests and treatment, and my son used two of...

Dreading the holidays? Here’s a little help

If Thanksgiving or other upcoming gatherings of family and friends fill you with even the smallest bit of dread, I offer this little tool to help ease it. What are you dreading? Or should I ask, “who?” There are so many different types of difficult relationships, and...

The First ‘Flourishing School’ in Africa

On Monday last week, I launched the first full-school Flourishing School program in South Africa at Masibambane College in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg. This amazing school is home to more than 1000 students and is about to graduate its first matriculants, who...

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