The Science of Character


Great video in support of Character Day!

This video is based on the science behind the VIA Character Survey.

Kudos to Tiffany Shlain and the Moxie Film Institute for showing how FUN character education can be, and the difference it can make!



VIA Character Survey

When working with students or clients, it is essential to have a set of tools that provide or encourage a feedback flow.

Tools like the VIA Character Survey open communication channels so that we can start a conversation about what really matters most to the person seeking information or assistance. These assessment tools can also serve as a starting point when interviewing and getting to know a new client. Once the conversation is flowing, we can begin to identify issues important to our clients so together we can form a collaborative plan to move them forward.

One of the best (free!) tools I’ve come across is the VIA Character Survey. (see link)

The VIA Character Survey is a fun and revealing way to get to know yourself and others. The survey was developed by a team of psychologists including Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology” and author of Authentic Happines and Flourish. The survey has been taken by over 2.6 million people in over 190 countries!

Learners and clients can take the survey to self-evaluate character strengths such as curiosity, gratitude, humor and zest. The survey results help individuals understand the character traits that reflect their “true” selves.

My top five character traits are: Gratitude, Spirituality, Hope, Love, and Curiosity

What are your top character traits? Take the VIA Survey and come back and share your results!