VirtueYOU is a practical program of hope and empowerment that teaches individuals, couples, families, and communities how to practice habits that lead to true happiness.
The development, presentation, and dissemination of VirtueYOU through workshops, books, workbooks/curriculum, the VirtueYOU online program, and CD’s/DVD’s
Briefly, VirtueYOU is a program that brings hope and empowerment through the identification, study, and ongoing practice of good habits (a.k.a. Virtues).
Aristotle wrote that, “Excellence is a habit not an act.” We don’t change, we don’t become excellent because we feel or think a lot…we change because we develop good habits, and then live them day in and day out!
And there are particular virtues (good habits) that must be acquired for this change to be most transformative and lasting. Philosophy, theology and developmental psychology all affirm this.
Stillpoint Family Resources has identified 30 key virtues that heal and transform individuals, couples, families, and communities when properly understood and practiced. These “habits that lead to happiness” can be practiced one at a time, but are even more impactful when practiced together.
VirtueYOU (VY) is unique in several key ways:
Character and moral formation programs have traditionally been theoretical and academic, but not practical and easily accessible to those lacking a background in theology and philosophy. The VY program understands that people must understand what virtues are, but they must also understand how to develop them in real life…and this must be done in a time-sensitive manner.
Virtues are never practiced or acquired in a vacuum. Yet, traditionally, character formation programs have lacked a “systems perspective” that takes into account the social context within which one is attempting to practice and acquire virtues, and the challenges inherent. VY understands this critical systemic/contextual issue, as well as “sensitive periods” of emotional/psychological development (i.e. when particular virtues can be best understood and practiced). VY seamlessly integrates the best of Social, Developmental, and Family Systems Psychology with the perennial truths of philosophy and theology in order to broaden and deepen the positive impact.
Resisting the typical “shot gun approach” to character and moral formation, VY has identified key virtues that, when properly understood and practiced, lead to healing and wholeness for individuals, couples, and families. This discernment of key virtues, these building blocks for a truly successful life, is grounded in Natural Law and essential Judeo-Christian theological truths.
VY identifies and defines key virtues that form and inform.
Responsibility, Forgiveness, Availability, Patience, Gratitude
Chastity, Play, Generativity, Empathy, Remembrance
Nurturance, Protectiveness, Adaptability, Communication, Foresight
Justice, Prudence, Courage, Moderation, Religion
Friendship, Modesty, Humility, Audacity, Patriotism
Order, Generosity, Obedience, Industriousness, Honesty
VY is presented in an engaging narrative format that is both interesting and empowering, using compelling stories, models, and case studies of everyday heroes from all walks of life in order to bring theory to life. And ready-made action plans provide participants with a concrete blue print for practicing and acquiring the desired virtues, without over-simplifying the subject matter.