Our own Megan McDonough and WBI faculty member Ryan Niemiec were featured recently in a STaR Coach Show podcast with host Meg Rentschler, LCSW, PCC. The episode brought together highlights from past interviews around the theme of how to identify a person’s talents and skills, and leverage them to create flourishing and thriving.

Megan speaks on why the narrative around strengths should be broadened in mental and physical ways, how engaging our strengths helps create an overall sense of well-being, ways to work against negative bias, and the Velcro/Teflon qualities of the human brain.

Ryan, the educational director of the VIA Institute on Character, shares how VIA’s 24 core character strengths were distilled, and discusses the benefits of the strengths assessment in the coaching relationship.

Listen now.


Megan Megan McDonough is CEO of Wholebeing Institute, an educational organization co-founded with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar. WBI is committed to spreading ideas and practices that can help individuals and groups live life to its fullest.

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Ryan M. Niemiec PsyD, education director of the VIA Institute on Character, develops VIA’s courses, reports, and programs, and helps professionals around the world apply character strengths personally and professionally. He is the author of Mindfulness and Character Strengths: A Practical Guide to Flourishing (with 10-track CD) and co-author of Positive Psychology at the Movies and Movies and Mental Illness. Ryan is an award-winning psychologist, certified health coach, international workshop leader, and faculty member for Xavier University in Cincinnati and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the creator of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP), the first structured program for building character strengths, and an adapted MBSP for a track on the web/app-based platform Happify, called “Awaken Your Potential.”