You can learning anything

VIA’s Love of Learning seems to overlap with Gallup’s Learner and ideation Talents. 

Places to learn for free

Kahn Academy

iTunes U — list of othe providers here




Big Think


Open Culture

Your Library




Empathy is one of Gallup’s Strengths:

Operationally, it seems connected with Social Intelligence in the VIA schema. 

Greater Good Describes it as  “a wide range of experiences. Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”

How does it work?

Want to understand the science behind empathy? This quick video explains why and when we care.


Communicating Science Through Visual Media – Empathy from RISD FAV on Vimeo.


Want to Cultivate it? The Greater Good Society has outlined the Habits you need to engage in:

Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers

Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities

Habit 3: Try another person’s life

Habit 4: Listen hard—and open up

Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change

Habit 6: Develop an ambitious imagination




Finding and building flow

What’s your flow profile?

Don’t know the answer? Well there is a personality test to help you capture it. What is flow?

Csikszentmihalyi is credited with defining the experience as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you’re using your skills to the utmost.”

How often do people experience flow?

“If you ask a sample of typical Americans, “Do you ever get involved in something so deeply that nothing else seems to matter and you lose track of time?” roughly one in five will say that this happens to them as much as several times a day, whereas about 15 percent will say that this never happens to them. These frequencies seem to he quite stable and universal. For instance, in a recent survey of 6,469 Germans, the same question was answered in the following way: Often, 23 percent; Sometimes, 40 percent; Rarely, 25 percent; Never or Don’t Know, 12 percent.” (Source: Psychology Today)

Nakamura and Csíkszentmihályi identify the following six factors as encompassing an experience of flow. 

  1.     intense and focused concentration on the present moment
  2.     merging of action and awareness
  3.     a loss of reflective self-consciousness
  4.     a sense of personal control or agency over the situation or activity
  5.     a distortion of temporal experience, one’s subjective experience of time is altered
  6.     experience of the activity as intrinsically rewarding, also referred to as autotelic experience
Csíkszentmihályi follows build’s on Maslow’s notion of Peak Experience: “Peak experiences are transient moments of self-actualization.”

Jamie Wheal has spent much of his adult likfe researching flow:

He explains his ideas in this compelling TED talk: Hacking the GENOME of Flow: 

His colleague goes deeper in the Rise of Superman

Strengths finder videos

 Andrew Sokolovich has been busy creating short video descriptions–30 to 45 seconds– for the Strengthfinder Themes; 18 of the 34 are now available on Youtube with more to come. With great production values, these are wonderful snapshots for those interested in their strengths. Take Input for a wonderful example: