Practical approach for looking inwards and outwards with character strengths to increase both well-being and resilience to challenges and changes

What is MBSP

The core of Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) is self-insight and self-discovery. It combines two powerful and popular approaches in positive psychology: character strengths and mindfulness training. MBSP teaches you the basics of character strengths and attention, and offers advanced, practical ways to integrate these two.

It provides a unique angle to

  • live your best life
  • rediscover (work) joy
  • increase self-confidence
  • achieve goals
  • strengthen positive relationships with yourself and others
  • find deeper meaning and life commitment
  • cope with everyday life with changes and challenges in a good way

Strength awareness and the development of your 24 universal strengths in the VIA classification, is an easy and effective way to learn more about yourself and others. Research shows that knowing and using our unique personal strengths profile increases our well-being and can have a positive effect on relationships, careers, personal growth, and quality of life. You exploit your potential and are better equipped to deal with change and challenges.

Awareness training is a proven method that increases mindfulness, focus, inner peace, and quality in everything you do. You are more present in what you do and achieve more.

The VIA classification of character strengths provides a good basis for understanding who we are - in good and bad times - and what it means to thrive. The VIA lens is believed to promote greater understanding of oneself and others.

  • Become aware of, develop and apply your character strengths
  • Strengthen your awareness and focus
  • Reduce stress and increase your ability to cope with small and large challenges
  • Learn simple recognized and research-based techniques that have immediate effect

Content of the 8 weeks / sessions MBSP program:

MBSP is a new program developed by Psy.D. Ryan M. Niemiec, Education Director of the VIA Institute on Character.

1 Awareness and auto-pilot

Discover how often you go on auto-pilot; everything starts with mindfulness.

2 Your signature strengths

Identify what is best in you; this can unleash resources to engage more in work and relations, and achieve your personal potential. Become mindful of your strengths and learn to recognize strengths in others.

3 Challenges and possibilities

How we can overcome obstacles with mindfulness and awareness of strengths, and how they can be paths to valuable results.

4 Increased mindfulness in daily life

Awareness training helps us to take care of and fuel the best, personal qualities in us self and others; thoughtful use of strengths in different situations helps us with being more aware.

5 Appreciate your relationships

How we relate to ourselves is an important part of our self-development. It has an immediate impact on our relationships with others.

6 The Golden Mean

When we are aware, we can focus on problems directly, and with character strengths we can reformulate and find different perspectives that are not immediately visible.

7 Authenticity and goodness

It takes strength of character (for example, courage) to be a more authentic "you", and it takes strength of character (for example, hope) to create a strong future that benefits both yourself and others.

8 Your engagement with life

Stick to practices that have worked well and be aware of the tendency of the mind to return to automatic habits that are based on shortcomings, are unproductive, or that focus on what is wrong in you and others. Prioritize an approach that promotes awareness of what is strongest in you and others.

Emphasis is placed on strength awareness and mindfulness training exercises that are discussed and practiced every week and that make you get to know your personal strengths, and train your attention muscle. MBSP is about gaining greater awareness of what is, as well as exploring what is possible for you. You will experience how your attention and your strengths have a positive impact on each other. Bringing them together in a harmonious way benefits coaches, coachees, managers, employees, students, organizations, customers and suppliers.

MBSP advantages for coaches

You strengthen yourself as a coach and practice ICF's new core competence 'Coaching mindset' which is open, curious, flexible and customer focused. ICF now also places more emphasis on presence in coaching which is about seeing the whole person (who), following the coachee (what), showing curiosity to learn more, and allowing for silence, pause or reflection. Presence can be practiced through awareness training or Mindfulness. Character strengths are part of the 'inner strengths' in logical levels and are proponents of all other types of strengths. They say something about how you think, feel, and act (what). They also reflect values, and your top strengths say something about who you are, your identity (who).

  • Strengthen your presence
  • Recognize strengths in oneself and others more easily
  • Earn 16 ICF CCEUs in resource development when participating in group course




The price includes 8 sessions of ca 1,5 hours. The sessions are held online via Zoom with a weekly or biweekly interval.


You can start when capacity is available. You can also get a free 'taster' first. Send us a request and we come back to you:


For individuals 6000 Norwegian kroner (approx. 600 euro)



We hope to be able to offer a group program in English later this year or in 2022. We start with a group program in Norwegian Oct. 19th 2021. If this is of interest, please click here.

Your facilitator is Maria C. Hofman, ICF certified coach with specialization in positive psychology, especially VIA strengths. Maria is a Charter Certified MBSP practitioner & leader, trained at the VIA Institute on Character, and an instructor Attention Training (based on MBSR), educated at the Scandinavian Center for Awareness Training.

Get your own strengths profile right now

Character strengths are the positive parts of your personality that make you feel authentic and engaged. You have all the 24 character strengths in different degrees, which gives you a unique character strength profile. It shows the 24 character strengths in your order with the strengths that come naturally to you at the top of the list, and strengths you do not use that much at the bottom of the list. The VIA character strengths profile is flexible in use, it can easily be applied for different situations and roles you are in.

The VIA strengths profile is peer-reviewed, following the rigors of science. This means it has withstood the criticisms and challenges of science and has benefitted from the observations of many researchers around the world.*

Get your strengths profile with a review for free by registering your interest here. You will be sent the link to take the strength profile and the link to the calendar to order a 30 minute review.

*Reference: 'VIA Survey or StrengthsFinder? Comparing the two most dominant strengths tests in the world.' by Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D.,education director at the VIA Institute on Character.