Interviews

Playing to Our Character Strengths: Meet Dr. Ryan Niemiec, of the VIA Institute on Character

04 Aug 2015 by Jason's Connection
Dr. Ryan Niemiec and Jason Harris (Image: Robert Wilson/SaberComm)

Recently Jason’s Connection’s founder, Jason Harris, sat down with Dr. Ryan Niemiec, a positive psychologist who is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization that educates people around the world about character strengths.

In this fascinating interview, Dr. Niemiec explains what character strengths are, the science behind these character strengths, and the practical ways this knowledge can be applied to make people better workers, better managers, better partners, and even happier people.

DR. RYAN M. NIEMIEC is Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, nonprofit organization that educates people around the world about character strengths. He’s a licensed psychologist, coach, international presenter, and adjunct professor at Xavier University in Cincinnati and adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Ryan is author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing, and co-author of Positive Psychology at the Movies; and Movies and Mental Illness. Ryan has led hundreds of mindfulness groups for various audiences and delivers keynotes, retreats, and workshops on character strengths and mindfulness. He created Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first, structured program for building character strengths. In 2011, Ryan received the Distinguished Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association. In 2014, he delivered over 100 presentations on character strengths. In 2015, he presented a national workshop tour on MBSP across Australia and at universities in Iceland and Spain. Ryan enjoys spending quality time with family, playing basketball and tennis, watching positive psychology movies, traveling abroad, following Michigan State athletics, playing online chess, and collecting Pez dispensers.

For more information on the VIA Institute on Character, and to take the VIA Survey, please visit: https://www.viacharacter.org/www/#nav