Character Strengths Poem
January 11, 2018 by VIA Contributor ·
Creativity is shaping your thoughts into something that you have never seen or heard before.
It’s letting your imagination go and start to soar.
Curiosity is having an open mind and wanting to find something new every day.
Asking questions to learn more than you do
And in this way bring the world closer to you.
Judgment is thinking things through
Never rushing in what you set out to do.
Changing your mind when new facts come your way
And truly listening to what others have to say.
Love of Learning is mastering skills and being in the know.
Learning something new wherever you go.
Some from what you read and others from the people you meet.
Always learning – what a treat!
Perspective is using your intelligence and common sense in deciding what to do.
It’s not being foolish without thinking things through.
Learning not to always ask others for advice.
Believing that our own good judgment can suffice.
Bravery is trying new things and taking risks
Even when you feel afraid and may start to shake.
It’s moving forward
Without thinking much about making a mistake.
Perseverance is working hard to complete what we start
And not getting so upset that we fall apart.
It’s taking things step-by-step, that’s for sure.
In this way, we can always achieve more.
Honesty is being true to ourselves.
Taking responsibility for our actions and not looking to blame,
Not trying to give anyone a bad name.
Nor looking at fibbing and telling tales as just a fun game.
Zest is feeling excited about life as much as you can.
Seeing the sunny side rather than looking for all that is wrong.
Viewing life as a happy song.
While there may be some dark clouds along the way,
Always believing that tomorrow is a new day.
Love is being close to people and wanting to show that you care.
And missing them when they are not there.
Love is not focusing just on you.
Rather than one, you now think about two.
Kindness is going out of our way.
Saying good morning and have a good day.
It’s holding a door for a person you don’t know.
Cheering someone up when they feel low.
Social intelligence is being aware of what others may think and feel.
And counting all of this as very real.
It’s making decisions taking in another’s view.
Not just counting the view of you.
Teamwork is being part of a group and doing your share.
Treating members equally because that’s what’s fair.
You are not the one who has to stand out.
This is true beyond a doubt.
Fairness is doing what’s right for everyone and not just you.
Or for that matter just a select few.
It trying to make what’s wrong right and not just let wrong be
This is true for you as well as for me.
Leadership is encouraging others to get things done.
Taking charge without taking over, I would say.
Leading them toward a goal.
Helping them find their way.
Forgiveness is giving others a second chance
And not holding a grudge.
It is having an open mind and not one that won’t budge.
Forgiveness can sometimes bring people closer than before.
With so many good times in store.
Humility is not seeing yourself as special or better than anyone else you know.
It is being who you are
And not putting on a show.
It is not bragging or boasting to make yourself feel good.
It’s about being you, just as you should.
Prudence is being careful about what you do and say
So when all is done you do not feel sorry in any way.
It’s not saying things meant to hurt or tease people you know.
It is being thoughtful wherever you go.
Self-regulation is controlling your actions and learning to wait your turn as much as you can.
It’s learning to take a breath and count to ten.
It’s not pushing ahead of the line and blurting out what we have to say.
It is practicing self-control each and every day.
Appreciation of beauty and excellence is seeing the world with wonder and awe.
The flowers, trees, rivers, oceans, watching a bird soar.
The silvery moon, sparkling stars, the snow-capped mountains and much, much more.
Gratitude is being thankful for what we have and who we are.
Taking time to express thanks for everything and everyone you are grateful for, near and far.
It is reminding ourselves of all that we have when we think we have none.
That behind every cloud, you will find a sun.
Hope is looking to a future that is bright
Where things are not dark as the black night.
Looking to a guiding star,
Wherever we find ourselves, wherever we are.
Knowing that with hope we can travel so far.
Humor is seeing the funny side of life where others may see none.
It knowing how to laugh and have fun.
But, is not making fun of, that’s for sure.
Humor helps people not to feel less, but rather feel more.
Spirituality is looking for meaning in life, things that make everything seem worthwhile. Reading a good book, gazing up at the stars, chatting with a friend.
Helping people out, writing a story, taking a hike in the woods, the possibilities never end.
Poem created by June Rousso
June Rousso, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in New York City. Much of her philosophy as a therapist and themes as a writer are based upon principles of positive psychology. It was through her positive psychology studies that she was inspired to write a character strength poem and a book for children to teach them how to address their fears using positivity – We All Live On This Planet Together (Indigo River Publishing, 2017).