Positive Psychology


Knowing your strengths not only starts to help you understand your identity and personality but it also lays a blueprint for how you can thrive in life by implementing your strengths in all areas. I recently completed the VIA 24 Character strengths survey that assesses your 24 strengths over 6 domains. The survey can be completed here https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register and I would highly recommend for everyone. 

My signature strengths were  Creativity, Humor, Fairness, Kindness and Social Intelligence. I need to work on Spirituality, Love, Prudence, Self-regulation and perspective. Below are the 24 strengths from the VIA, see what 5 you think to stand out most.


1.       Kindness (generosity) Kindness is akin to nurturing, care, compassion, altruistic love and niceness. It is doing favours and good deeds for others, helping them and caring for them


2.       Love (capacity to love and be loved) Valuing close relations with others, in particular, those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated, being close to people


3.       Social intelligence (friendship, emotional intelligence, personal intelligence) Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself, knowing what to do to fit into different social situations, knowing what makes people tick


4.       Appreciation of beauty (appreciation of excellence, awe, wonder, elevation) Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience


5.       Gratitude ‐ Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen, taking time to express thanks


6.       Hope (optimism, future‐mindedness, future orientation) Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it, believing that a good future is something that can be brought about


7.       Humour (playfulness) Liking to laugh, bringing smiles to other people, seeing that light side, making but not necessarily telling jokes


8.       Belief (spirituality, sense of purpose, faith) Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe, knowing where one fits within the larger scheme, having beliefs about the meaning of life that shapes conduct and provides comfort


9.       Forgiveness (mercy, compassion) Forgiving those who have done wrong, accepting the shortcomings of others, giving people a second chance, not being vengeful


10.   Modesty (humility) Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves, not regarding oneself as more special than one is


11.   Prudence (caution, discretion) Being careful about one’s choices, not taking undue risk, not saying or doing things that might later be regretted


12.   Self‐control (self‐regulation) Regulating what one feels and does, being disciplined, controlling one’s appetites and emotions


13.   Teamwork (citizenship, loyalty, social responsibility) Working well as a member of a group or team, being loyal to the group, doing one’s share


14.   Fairness (capacity, justice, equity) Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness, not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others, giving everyone a fair chance


15.   Leadership ‐ Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group, organise group activities and seeing that they happen


16.   Creativity (ingenuity, originality) Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualise and do things, including artistic achievements but is not limited to it


17.   Curiosity (interest in the world, novelty seeking, openness to experience) Taking an interest in an ongoing experience for its own sake, finding subjects and topics fascinating, exploring and discovering


18.   Open-mindedness (judgement, critical thinking) Thinking things through and examining them from all sides, not jumping to conclusions, being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence, weighing all evidence fairly


19.   Love of learning ‐ Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally ‐ obviously related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows


20.   Perspective (wisdom) Being able to provide wise counsel to others, having ways of looking at the world that makes sense to oneself and to other people


21.   Honesty (authenticity, genuineness, integrity) Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way, being without pretence, taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions


22.   Bravery (valour, courage) Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty or pain, speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition, acting on convictions even if unpopular ‐ including physical bravery but is not limited to it


23.   Persistence (industriousness, diligence, perseverance) Finishing what one starts, persisting in course of action in spite of obstacles, taking pleasure in completing task


24.    Zest (enthusiasm, vitality, energy, vigour) Approaching life with excitement and energy, not doing things halfway or half‐heartedly, living life as an adventure, feeling alive and activated