Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life by Shannon Polly @ Insperity Tysons Corner Office
Aug 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life by Shannon Polly @ Insperity Tysons Corner Office | McLean | Virginia | United States

Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life is the third book in the Positive Psychology News (PPND) series, joining Resilience: How to Navigate Life’s Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life’s Gifts.

This new book illustrates each character strength with one or two articles from PPND.  We give 5 actions for building the strength derived from Tayyab Rashid’s wonderful list.  We also do something that is a bit unusual.  We include a speech, a monolog from a play, or a poem for people to read out loud to help the character strength come alive in their minds.  There is a brief section explaining why it is valuable to read these speeches out loud, giving a voice to the strength, even embodying it.  The intended audience is the general public, not just positive psychology enthusiasts.

This book has been endorsed by Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, who says:

“My friend, Chris Peterson, would have loved this book. It brings to life with personal stories, practical recommendations, wisdom, and humor the dry scholarship that he (with an assist from me) did in the Classification of Strengths and Virtues. Chris was very down-to-earth and I am sure he would have concurred in my enthusiastically recommending this book to everyone who works with character strengths in the real world.”

– Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness & Flourish

“This is what is so stunning about this book:  it’s the best experiential or applied introduction to the psychology of human strengths that I’ve seen.  I learned from this book – by performing it, not just reading it.  This tiny volume has magic in it.”

– Dr. David L. Cooperrider, Case Western Reserve University & The David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College

“This is an extraordinary book—extraordinary in that it includes the latest research on character strengths but goes well beyond that.  It provides five practice guidelines applicable to each strength and, importantly, provides examples, monologueues, poems, and speeches that realistically illustrate each strength.  Polly and Britton have provided a tremendous service to the field of positive psychology and positive education by combining scholarship, practice, and illustrations in a way that has not appeared heretofore.  I highly recommend this book.”

– Dr. Kim Cameron, William Russell Kelly Professor of Management & Organizations, University of Michigan, author of Positive Leadership

MCAPP – MentorCoach Alliance for Positive Psychology
Oct 22 @ 11:00 am

MCAPP – MentorCoach Alliance for Positive Psychology Is bringing Shannon Polly, co-editor of the new book Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life to our call on October 22 – NEW TIME: 11:00 am Eastern*

We are letting you know ahead of time so you can read the book if you’d like and take/retake the VIA: Bring your VIA results with you to the call.

Character Strengths Matter: How to Live a Full Life (Positive Psychology News) By Shannon Polly and Kathryn H. Britton

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See the all-five star reviews!

Join us for what promises to be a compelling discussion, with the opportunity to engage with Shannon and discover how you can apply the concepts and ideas in this book to enliven and empower your own life and coaching practice.

See Kathryn Britton’s announcement below.

If you aren’t as yet a member of our MCAPP Connection Yahoo listserve, email us at to request an invitation to become a member. 

October 22 – NEW TIME: 11:00 am Eastern time* *(to allow for greater interaction and a break before the MentorCoach Student Support Group with Naomi & Jo-Linda at 1)

Looking forward to a fascinating call with Shannon & our vibrant

MentorCoach community!