Books for Community Strengths Champions


If you have been looking for a user-friendly resource to help you really understand character strengths and how to put them to work in your life, the book for you has finally arrived! The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality by Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD., and Robert E. McGrath, PhD. is the quintessential introduction and reference guide. This "official guide from the VIA Institute on Character" starts off by providing answers to some basic and often-asked questions such as: 

  • Why should I care about character strengths? 

  • How do I identify my character strengths? 

  • Once I know my signature character strengths, how do I begin using them in my life? 

There is a section on each of the 24 universally-valued character strengths identified by the VIA Survey that explains what the strength is, why it is valuable, how to spot it in others, and how to make the most positive use of it in your own life. 

Research has shown that understanding and using our character strengths plays an essential role in maintaining our mental health and having a sense of well-being. Consequently, this book has important information for each of us.  

This book has even more relevance for those of us who are interested in combating the rising wave of stress, anxiety, depression, and social isolation that is becoming so prevalent  throughout our society and most especially within our young people. Helping young people identify and use their character strengths is an important step in helping them to become more resilient and confident in the face of life's many challenges. If you are not already using the free, accessible, and evidence-based VIA Survey to help the people within your circle of influence to identify their own signature strengths, this book will make you wonder what you have been waiting for and help you to get started on an amazing and strengthening journey. 

And if all these benefits were not enough, the final section of the book provides a simple and effective 4-step "Strengths Builder" program that anyone can use as a lifelong practice for exploring, developing, and leveraging their strengths. 

The authors of this book, Dr. Ryan Niemiec and Dr. Robert McGrath, are two of the most esteemed researchers and practitioners in the fields of character strengths and positive psychology. Therefore you can trust that all of their recommended practices are both evidence-based and effective. Although the book is designed in such a way that it does not need to be read straight through from cover-to-cover, I found that I really wanted to read every page to both deepen my own understanding of my personal strengths as well as to enhance my work of helping created strengths-based cultures in schools and communities. 

This is book that belongs on the bookshelf of every Community Strengths Champion, so grab your copy and start building strengths today!