VIA Institute on Character believes that by celebrating our character strengths, we’re on the pathway to a more positive, meaningful life. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, VIA has already helped millions of people around the world identify their own unique combinations of character strengths. VIA teaches people to build on their strengths to achieve a more meaningful existence, and shows them how to connect with others by appreciating what they have. VIA Institute on Character helps build a better world by letting you be the best you!

“There is so much power and so much healing that can occur when we find what’s best in ourselves and live true to that knowledge.”

– Dr. Neal Mayerson, Chairman, VIA Institute on Character


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VIA Survey


The VIA Survey is the world’s only free, online, scientifically validated survey of character strengths. Other personality surveys highlight negative traits. The VIA Survey emphasizes our positive traits and how they can bring benefits to us and others. This psychometrically validated test, which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, has been translated into 35 languages and has been taken in every country in the world. More than 3.75 million people have taken the VIA Survey. Perhaps you’ll be next!

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The Youth Survey is Inclusive!


The VIA Survey can provide character insights for all ages! The VIA-Youth Survey was specially developed for young people aged 10 to 17 and is already available in 19 different languages. Now VIA Institute offers a guide to supporting youth with intellectual disabilities as they complete the VIA-Youth Survey. Whether you’re a teacher or other support person, this supplement will provide you with suggestions and recommendations for adaptations as needed.

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Get your in-depth report


Looking for more tools to live your best life? Individuals with personal goals in mind, and professionals looking for the expertise to bring out the best in others, can unlock their potential with in-depth VIA Character Strength Reports. These reports provide a closer look at your survey results and supply you with insights and resources. They include exercises for applying your character strengths at home, school or work, and tips for boosting lesser strengths.

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Stay Engaged with the Blog


Get inspired with reflections from global leaders in the science and practice of character! VIA Institute on Character is pleased to share regular reports and commentary about practices that can help us all achieve a more positive, fulfilled life. Learn about workplace strategies, parenting ideas, recent research and mindfulness tips. Boost your confidence, manage your stress, nurture your relationships – and, ultimately, be happier in your day-to-day life.

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