The #1 mindfulness-based program combining mindfulness and character strengths
Support your clients along the mindfulness journey that plays to their strengths
This new, fully revised, and expanded second edition of the handbook for the groundbreaking, evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice (MBSP) program is the guide you need in your professional practice. Developed by author Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec, scientist, educator, practitioner, and a global leader in mindfulness and character strengths, the MBSP approach is about the discovery, deepening awareness, exploration, and application of character strengths. It is about understanding and improving how we pay attention in life – the quality by which we eat, walk, work, listen, and experience joy and peace. And it is about seeing our potential – which sits underneath our strengths of perseverance, bravery, curiosity, hope, kindness, fairness, and leadership – and which, unleashed, could benefit the world. MBSP is not only about our clients’ own happiness, it is about the happiness of others too. And it is an evolving, evidence-based program that can help people to relieve their suffering by using mindfulness and character strengths to cope with, overcome, or transcend problems, stressors, and conflicts.
Counselors, coaches, psychologists, researchers, educators, and managers will discover the “how-to” delivery of mindfulness and character strengths. Following primers on the two strands of MBSP and deeper discussions about their integration, practitioners are then led step-by-step through the 8 sessions of the popular MBSP program. The session structure, scripts, tips, lecture material, processes, examples, and audio files are all there ready for use. This time-tested manual can bring beginners up-to-date on these topics while also serving to stimulate, inform, and provide valuable tools to the intermediate and most advanced students of mindfulness and character strengths.
Audio tracks and accompanying scripts as well as appendices on MBSP are available for download and clinical use.
“Ryan Niemiec shows how merging the awareness of character strengths with intentional mindfulness can enhance both practices.
The book is structured to facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the MBSP (mindfulness-based strengths practice) program. Meticulously outlined, complete with objectives, activities, and discussions, Niemiec explains each concept and how to use it, as well as providing research evidence for why it works. This could have been a dry text, but instead it is both engaging and accessible, with inspiring quotations and real-life stories that can help theoretical aspects of the book resonate.
Practitioners will know what to do but also why it works. This balance is crucial for professionals in psychology, education, coaching, and management who seek reliable methods backed by empirical evidence.”
Sherri Fisher, MEd, MAPP, Washington, DC, in Positive Psychology News, 2024