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The VIA Institute on Character

The VIA Institute on Character proudly offers the free VIA Survey and VIA Youth Survey, scientifically-validated strength assessments for adults and youth. These assessments help you identify what is best in you. Detailed reports are available to provide information and strategies on how to use your strengths at work, at school, and in relationships.

Clifton StrengthsFinder

The Clifton StrengthsFinder is the culmination of more than 50 years of Dr. Donald O. Clifton's lifelong work, which has led millions of people around the world to discover their strengths. In 2002, Dr. Clifton was honored by an American Psychological Association Presidential Commendation as the Father of Strengths-Based Psychology.

Gallup Education

Gallup's research, consulting and strategies help education leaders focus on what matters most to improve student success in school and, ultimately, in their career and life.

The Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania

The Positive Psychology Center is located at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Martin Seligman is the director of the center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology. The center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.

Authentic Happiness Website

Authentic Happiness is the homepage of Dr. Martin Seligman, Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of positive psychology, a branch of psychology that focuses on the empirical study of positive emotions, strengths-based character, healthy institutions, etc.

Center for POSITIVE Organizational Scholarship

At the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), we are devoted to energizing and transforming organizations through research on the theory and practice of positive organizing and leadership. We are passionately dedicated to the development and dissemination of POS research. We are gratified and excited to be part of the growing and dynamic field of POS, as reflected in a website that has areas for both our center and for the field at large.

Job Crafting Exercise™

The Job Crafting Exercise™ helps you make your job more engaging and fulfilling. The idea is to view your job in a new way — as a flexible set of building blocks rather than a fixed list of duties. Using this perspective, you create a visual plan for redesigning your job to better suit your values, strengths, and passions. You can use the exercise on your own, or administer it to others in workshops, one-on-one coaching, or classroom teaching.

The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ - 2nd Edition

The Reflected Best Self Exercise™ (RBSE™) enables people to identify their unique strengths and talents, making it an excellent tool for personal development. Each participant requests positive feedback from significant people in his or her life and then synthesizes it into a cumulative portrait of his or her "best self."​

The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard University

Our mission is to build the scientific foundation and best practices of leadership, wellness, and personal coaching



  • Let Us Make Man by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

  • Angels Don’t Leave Footprints by Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski

  • Nurture Their Nature by Rabbi Yosef Lynn and Rabbi Jack Cohen

  • Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton

  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

  • Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification by Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman

  • Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie

  • Authentic Happiness by Martin E. P. Seligman

  • Flourish by Martin E. P. Seligman

  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

  • Grit by Angela Duckworth

Positive Education

  • Teach With Your Strengths by Rosanne Liesveld and Jo Ann Miller

  • The Strength Switch by Lea Waters

  • The Optimistic Child by Martin E. P. Seligman

  • Learning to Ride Elephants: Teaching Happiness and Well-Being in Schools by Ian Morris



  • The Path to Purpose by William Damon

  • Life's Great Question by Tom Rath

  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

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