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Character Cure?

2,400 years ago Aristotle made the argument that a person's character is the only thing that can produce permanent and stable happiness. Character development is a critical component of the cure for personal unhappiness, debilitating anxiety, and societal ills. Learning resources available on the Character Cure website are based on the following claims.


The habits that make up a noble character yield an inherent pleasure.


Character gives us resilience and the capacity to manage adversity gracefully.


Building character is essential in our efforts to create vibrant and peaceful communities.


While we have limited control over what happens to us, we have tremendous control over the development of our character.

The Character Cure

Podcast Series

The original Character Cure podcast series explores four cornerstone virtues for a more fulfilling life: practical wisdom, courage, self-mastery, and justice. After making the connection between happiness and character, each of the remaining podcasts includes a summary of Aristotle's thoughts on a particular virtue, relevant social science, historical figures who exemplify that virtue, and practical tips on how to cultivate the virtue in contemporary life.


Dr. Paul Miller

As an ethics consultant, my mission is to empower organizational leaders with the wisdom to weave uncompromising ethical standards into the fabric of their businesses. My educational background includes a PhD in Ethics from Claremont Graduate University and a master's degree in theology from Harvard. As a college instructor, I taught courses in academic writing, ethics, and religion. I have also worked for many years in the corporate business world, designing online courses on office productivity software and IT certification. As a lifelong educator and a father of six children, I'm dedicated to promoting a robust form of character development at home and in the workplace. I help leaders craft ethical codes of conduct, design and implement ethics and compliance programs, and provide character and ethics training for employees.

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The Character Cure Podcast Series


The Character Cure podcasts draw from sources in philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences.


  1. Aristotle. 1999. Nicomachean Ethics. Translated by Martin Ostwald. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  2. Confucius. 1989. The Analects of Confucius. Translated and Annotated by Arthur Waley. New York: Random House.
  3. Liddell, Henry George, and Robert Scott. 1889. An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  4. Theme music is from Johann Sebastian Bach's Capriccio in E major, BWV 993 courtesy of

Happiness and Character

  1. "Age and Happiness: The U-bend of Life: Why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older" The Economist. Dec 16, 2010.
  2. Austen, Jane. 2008. Mansfield Park: Oxford World's Classics. Edited by James Kinsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Austen, Jane. 2008. Persuasion: Oxford World's Classics. Edited by James Kinsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Emerson, Ralph Waldo. 1983. “Spiritual Laws,” taken from Emerson: Essays and Lectures. New York: Library of America, 305-323.
  5. Gilbert, Dan. 2004, The Surprising Science of Happiness, video recording, TED, viewed 12 August 2016.
  6. Kahneman, Daniel, and Angus Deaton. 2010. "High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107 (38): 16489–16493.
  7. Rutledge, Robb B., Nikolina Skandali, Peter Dayan, and Raymond J. Dolan. 2014. "A computational and neural model of momentary subjective well-being." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (33): 12252–12257.
  8. Thoreau, Henry David. 1995. Walden: An Annotated Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Practical Wisdom

  1. Aquinas, Thomas. 1948. Summa Theologica Pt II-II (Vol III). Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province. Notre Dame, IN: Christian Classics.
  2. Austen, Jane. 2008. Mansfield Park: Oxford World’s Classics. Edited by James Kinsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Fowers, Blaine J. 2003. "Reason and Human Finitude: In Praise of Practical Wisdom." American Behavioral Scientist (SAGE Publications) 47 (4): 415-426.
  4. Griessman, Gene. 1997. The Words Lincoln Lived By: 52 Timeless Principles to Light Your Path. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  5. Guelzo, Allen C. 2006. "The Prudence of Abraham Lincoln." First Things, January.
  6. James, William. 1987. "The Energies of Men." in William James: Writings 1902-1910. New York: The Library of America.
  7. Krause, Neal, and R. David Hayward. 2014. "Religious Involvement, Practical Wisdom, and Self-Rated Health." Journal of Aging and Health (SAGE Publications) 26 (4): 540-558.
  8. Krause, Neal, and R. David Hayward. 2015. "Virtues, Practical Wisdom and Psychological Well-Being: A Christian Perspective." Social Indicators Research (Springer) 122: 735-755.
  9. Mick, David Glen, Thomas S. Bateman, and Richard J. Lutz. 2009. "Wisdom: Exploring the Pinnacle of Human Virtue as a Central Link from Micromarketing to Macromarketing." Journal of Macromarketing (SAGE Publications) 29 (2): 98-118.
  10. Rowling, J.K. 1998. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.
  11. Rowling, J.K. 2000. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books.
  12. Tolkien, J.R.R. 1954. The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.


  1. Fagin-Jones, Stephanie & Elizabeth Midlarsky. 2007. "Courageous altruism: Personal and situational correlates of rescue during the Holocaust." The Journal of Positive Psychology 2 (2), 136-147.
  2. Greitemeyer, Tobias, Silvia Osswald , Peter Fischer & Dieter Frey. 2007. "Civil courage: Implicit theories, related concepts, and measurement." The Journal of Positive Psychology 2 (2), 115-119.
  3. Hannah, Sean T., Patrick J. Sweeney & Paul B. Lester. 2007. "Toward a courageous mindset: The subjective act and experience of courage." The Journal of Positive Psychology 2 (2), 129-135.
  4. King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1958. Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story. New York: Harper & Row.
  5. King Online Encyclopedia. "Parks, Rosa (1913-2005)" The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research And Education Institute. Stanford University.
  6. Pury, Cynthia L. S., Robin M. Kowalski & Jana Spearman. 2007. "Distinctions between general and personal courage." The Journal of Positive Psychology, 2 (2), 99-114.
  7. Pury, Cynthia L. S. and Robin M. Kowalski. 2007. "Human strengths, courageous actions, and general and personal courage." The Journal of Positive Psychology 2 (2), 120-128.
  8. Rate, Christopher R., Jennifer A. Clarke, Douglas R. Lindsay & Robert J. Sternberg. 2007. "Implicit theories of courage." The Journal of Positive Psychology 2 (2), 80-98.
  9. Reardon, Kathleen K. "Courage as a Skill." January 2007. Harvard Business Review 2007, Harvard Business Review, 85 (1), 58-64.
  10. Tolkien, J.R.R. 1954. The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of the Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
  11. Tolkien, J.R.R. 1955. The Return of the King: Being the Third Part of the Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.


  1. Baumeister, Roy F. and Julie Juola Exline. 1999. "Virtue, Personality, and Social Relations: Self-Control as the Moral Muscle." Journal of Personality 67 (6): 1165-1194.
  2. Curie, Eve. 1938. Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie. Translated by Vincent Sheean. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company.
  3. De Boer, Benjamin J., Edwin A. J. Van Hooft, and Arnold B. Bakker. 2010. "Stop and Start Control: A Distinction within Self-control." European Journal of Personality 25: 349-362.
  4. Elliott, Lawrence. 1966. George Washington Carver: The Man Who Overcame. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  5. Emling, Shelley. 2012. Marie Curie and Her Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  6. Fujita, Kentaro, Yaacov Trope, Nira Liberman and Maya Levin-Sagi. 2006. "Construal Levels and Self-Control." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 90 (3): 351–367.
  7. Hodgson, Ray. 1989. "Resisting Temptation: a psychological analysis." British Journal of Addiction 84 (3): 251-257.
  8. Hofmann, Wilhelm, Maike Luhmann, Rachel R. Fisher, Kathleen D. Vohs, and Roy F. Baumeister. 2014. "Yes, But Are They Happy? Effects of Trait Self-Control on Affective Well-Being and Life Satisfaction." Journal of Personality 82 (4): 265-277.
  9. Khan, Uzma and Ravi Dhar. 2007. "Where There Is a Way, Is There a Will? The Effect of Future Choices on Self-Control." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 136 (2): 277–288.
  10. Kivetz, Ran and Yuhuang Zheng. 2006. "Determinants of Justification and Self-Control." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 135 (4): 572–587.
  11. Lowe, Michael L. and Kelly L. Haws. 2014. "(Im)moral Support: The Social Outcomes of Parallel Self-Control Decisions." Journal of Consumer Research 41 (2): 489-505.
  12. Mischel, Walter and Ozlem Ayduk. 2002. "Self-Regulation in a Cognitive—Affective Personality System: Attentional Control in the Service of the Self." Self & Identity 1 (2): 113-120.
  13. Thoreau, Henry David. 1865. Walden, or Life in the Woods. New York: The Library of America.


  1. Baldwin, Lewis, et al. 2002. The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Boundaries of Law, Politics, and Religion. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press.
  2. Douglass, Frederick. "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself." In The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 2nd Edition, edited by Henry Louis Gates and Nellie Y. McKay, 387-452. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.
  3. Eagleton, Terry. 2009. Trouble with Strangers: A Study of Ethics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  4. Frady, Marshall. 2002. Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Viking Book.
  5. Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay, ed. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 2nd Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.
  6. Gini, Gianluca, Tiziana Pozzoli, and Marc Hauser. 2011. "Bullies have enhanced moral competence to judge relative to victims, but lack moral compassion." Personality and Individual Differences 50 (5): 603-608.
  7. Heath, Malcolm. 2008. "Aristotle on Natural Slavery." Phronesis 53 (3): 243-270.
  8. Hugo, Victor. 2005. Les Misérables: Enriched Classics. New York: Pocket Books.
  9. Hunsinger, George. 2008. "Torture is the Ticking Time Bomb," in Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out. Edited by George Hunsinger. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing.
  10. King, Martin Luther, Jr. 1992. I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World. Edited by James M. Washington, New York: HarperCollins.
  11. Levy, Harold L. 1990. "Does Aristotle Exclude Women from Politics?" Review of Politics 52 (3): 397-416.
  12. Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. 2009. "The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate." Pew Research Center.
  13. Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. 2009. "The Torture Debate: A Closer Look." Pew Research Center.
  14. Vanderhoek, Mark. 2008. "Poll: White Evangelicals’ Attitudes on Torture Influenced by Faith, Golden Rule." Mercer University and Faith in Public Life.

Timeless Wisdom

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    Henry David Thoreau Walden

    I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

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    Ralph Waldo Emerson "Manners"

    One thing is plain, this is no country for fainthearted people: don't creep about diffidently; make up your mind; take your own course, and you shall find respect and furtherance.

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    Rosa Parks My Story

    I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

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    Abraham Lincoln "To Quintin Campbell"

    Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life....Stick to your purpose.

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    Marie Curie Madame Curie: A Biography

    Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.

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    George Washington Carver Advice to students

    Back of my workshop there is a little grove of trees. One has been cut down. It makes a good seat. I have made it a rule to go out and sit on it at 4 o'clock every morning and ask the good Lord what I am to do that day. Then I go ahead and do it.

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    Jane Austen Mansfield Park

    We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.

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    Aristotle On Rhetoric

    Constraints are painful, and it has been rightly said, 'Every necessary thing is naturally troublesome.' Duties and studies and exertions are painful...unless they become habitual; then habit makes them pleasurable.