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Character Strengths Matter is one year old today

written by Kathryn Britton June 7, 2016

Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning in their work lives (Theano Coaching LLC). She is also a writing coach, facilitator of writing workshops, and teacher of positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland. Her own books include Smarts and Stamina on using positive psychology principles to build strong health habits and Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life. Full bio. Kathryn's articles are here.



Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life was published exactly one year ago today.

To celebrate its birthday, we announce a new page on Positive Psychology News, CSM References, that collects all of the references from the 32 PPND articles in one place. There is even a pdf version of the references that you can download for easy access. This joins the original book page that lists all of the PPND articles that appear in the book.

So to capitalize on the year…

28 authors contributed chapters to the book that explores all 24 character strengths and various ways they show up in everyday life. Their names are listed at the bottom of this page.

Each strength is accompanied by 5 ways to build it drawn from Tayyab Rashid’s longer list.

Leadership illustration by Kevin Gillespie

Leadership illustration by Kevin Gillespie

Each strength comes with a read-aloud passage to help readers act as if they already were paragons of that strength. Some of these passages are featured on the Values in Action web site. Check out the monologue at the end of the VIA description of Creativity.

Character Strengths Matter was featured in an article in the Penn Gazette titled A Matter of Strengths.

The book has been selected for an Indie B.R.A.G. medallion and will soon appear on their honorees page.

Several thousand dollars have been donated to the Christopher Peterson Fellowship Fund from book royalties.

Lest we forget the brilliant mind that brought it together, we repeat here the dedication that appears on page ix of the book. We miss you, Chris.

“This book is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Peterson, a pioneer in the study of character strengths, a mentor for students of character, an exemplar of humor, humility, love, and kindness, and a good friend.

May the seeds you planted continue to grow and prosper.

Shannon [Polly] and Kathryn”

Thank you, PPND authors, for your contributions to Character Strengths Matter.

Scott Asalone Diana Boufford Kathryn Britton Aren Cohen
Kirsten Cronlund Paula Davis-Laack Sean Doyle Elizabeth Elizardi
Sherri Fisher Margaret Greenberg Bridget Grenville-Cleave Tom Heffner
Louisa Jewell Homaira Kabir Sandy Lewis Neal Mayerson
Ryan Niemiec Shannon Polly Lisa Sansom Jan Stanley
Yee-Ming Tan Prakriti Tandon Dan Tomasulo Doug Turner
George Vaillant Emily vanSonnenberg John Yeager Emiliya Zhivotovskaya

Three interviews appear in the book. We also thank the experts who were willing to share their knowledge first with PPND and then with the readers of Character Strengths Matter: Robert Biswas-Diener on bravery, Todd Kashdan on curiosity, and Tom Rath on leadership.
Thanks to all who have written Amazon reviews and recommended the book to their friends.

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Judy Krings June 8, 2016 - 4:23 am

Happy Anniversary! The book celebrates the uniqueness and wonder of strengths’ applications and wisdom, a “Who’s Who in Positive Psychology” legacy for us all. Kudos for your donation in Chris Peterson;s memory, too. Well done. Two gifts to the world that keep on giving. Great article, Kathryn.

Kathryn Britton June 8, 2016 - 8:02 am

Thanks, Judy. I would also like to honor all the psychologists that contributed to Character Strengths and Virtues. Their names appear in the pdf version of the resource list.

Judy Krings June 8, 2016 - 9:02 am

Wonderful, Kathryn. An esteemed list indeed. Thanks much.

And congrats to delightful YOU for your 10th anniversary as a MAPP grad. Wow, how time flies.


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