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July’s Ode to Strengths

By on August 2, 2009 – 6:58 pm  No Comment

Senia Maymin is the founder and editor-in-chief of She was the series editor for the Positive Psychology News book series that recently published the first book, Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves. (Bio, Articles)

Strengths in July

July 2009 was an intriguing month. The optional theme was “your nomination for the 25th strength,” referring to the 24 strengths of the Values-in-Action Strengths Inventory (VIA).

One of our favorite postings was Kathryn Britton’s Thanks! to the contributors to Character Strengths and Virtues (if you hadn’t seen it on the first go-around, look again.) We are very grateful to the people who gave us the language to speak about strengths, and especially to Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman for bringing it all together in Character Strengths and Virtues.

Here are some of the strengths proposed by our authors this month:

We also had two explorations of cultural differences:

The discussion was enriched by contributions from two people from the VIA Institute on Character:

Variety in July

Having an optional theme means that some authors write to the theme and create a rich consistency for the month, while other authors write to other topics and create variety. Here are some other topics that surfaced in July:

We had a long-overdue book review of Barbara Fredrickson’s Positivity by guest author, Amanda Levy.

George Vaillant reflected on the article published in the Atlantic about his work, concluding Happiness is Love, Full-stop.

New full-blown authors this month:
Ryan Niemiec, George Vaillant, Amanda Horne, and Elaine O’Brien became full authors this month. That happens when people have written at least two articles as guest authors, and it means there is a page where you can see their earlier articles. Welcome!

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