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The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief: A Character Strengths Approach to Finding Calm in the Chaos of Daily Life

The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief: A Character Strengths Approach to Finding Calm in the Chaos of Daily Life


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Find calm in the midst of everyday chaos. This strengths-based workbook offers a unique step-by-step approach grounded in positive psychology to help you reduce chronic stress in a busy, frazzled world.

Chronic stress is a serious problem for many people, and can lead to a host of health and mental health problems, such as heart disease, anxiety, and depression. If you’re one of millions who are feeling overworked, overstressed, and overloaded (and chances are, you are!) this much-needed workbook offers a refreshing new approach to help you find peace of mind and start living the life you truly want to live.

In this evidence-based guide, a psychologist offers an innovative strengths-based stress reduction plan grounded in positive psychology. You’ll find tips and strategies for identifying your key character strengths—such as perseverance, social intelligence, bravery, self-control, and more—and discover how these strengths can help you cultivate greater happiness, better relationships with others, and improve your overall health.

Character strengths are a unique catalyst for both happiness and stress management. The skills and practices offered in this workbook can be learned by anyone, because the capacity for these strengths exist in everyone—including you!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684032808
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 456,536
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD, is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. Ryan is education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global nonprofit organization in Cincinnati, OH, that advances the latest science and practical applications of character strengths. He’s an award-winning psychologist, adjunct professor at Xavier University, and annual instructor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association in 2017.
As a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader, Ryan has offered several hundred presentations on positive psychology topics across the globe. He is author of several books, including Character Strengths Interventions and Mindfulness and Character Strengths; and coauthor of Movies and Mental Illness, Positive Psychology at the Movies, and The Power of Character Strengths. He’s penned hundreds of articles for the general public on character strengths, and more than eighty scholarly articles and chapters. He lives with his wife and three kids outside Cincinnati, OH. His highest strengths are hope, love, curiosity, honesty, appreciation of beauty, and fairness.
Foreword writer Neal H. Mayerson, PhD, is chairman of the VIA Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology, and has worked in hospital, community mental health, and private practice settings for fifteen years. As a psychotherapist, he specializes in chronic pain, eating disorders, and couples therapy.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction: Your Strengths Can Reduce Stress 1

1 Your Current Stress and Well-Being Levels 17

2 Assess Your Strengths 41

Part 1 Cultivate A Strengths Mind-Set

3 Respond to Stress with Your Strengths 73

4 Learn to Spot Strengths 97

5 Make Strengths Habits to Turn Stress Around 111

Part 2 Ways Strengths Can Boost Your Daily Resourcefulness

6 Apply Strengths to Work and Health 135

7 Overcome Stress in Relationships 149

8 Engage the Present Moment to Build Confidence and Resilience 171

9 Find Meaning and Spread Goodness 187

Conclusion: Strengths Transform Stressful Challenges into Opportunities for Growth 197

Acknowledgments 203

Resources on Strengths 205

References 209


Niemiec resides in Loveland, OH.

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