As you know, I’m a big fan of integrating Ancient Wisdom + Modern Science + Practical Tools to help us close the gap between who we’re capable of being and who we’re actually being so we can Optimize our lives, actualize our potential, and give the world all we’ve got.
So… When a friend (thanks, Michelle Gielan!) introduced me to Ryan Niemiec and I saw this book I immediately got it.
Ryan Niemiec and Robert McGrath are two of the leading figures in the positive psychology movement and, more specifically, within the organization called the VIA Institute on Character. (VIA is short for “Virtues in Action.”)
The organization has played a leading role in the study of virtue as it applies to flourishing. It was created by Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson who worked with over 50 scientists to create a deeper understanding of the power of character strengths. They also created that has been taken by millions of people from around the world.
These days, Ryan is the Education Director of the VIA Institute while Robert is the Senior Scientist. This book is “An Official Guide from the VIA Institute on Character” that helps us “Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality.” If you’d like a deeper dive into the science of virtue I think you’ll dig it. (Get a copy .)
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!