Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence as a Top Strength:

If Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is your top strength you notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

Virtue Category:

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence falls under the virtue category of Transcendence. Transcendence describes strengths that provide a broad sense of connection to something higher in meaning and purpose than ourselves. 

Key Concepts:

There are three types of goodness for which individuals high in Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence are responsive to:

  • Physical beauty. This may be visual, auditory, tactile, or abstract. This type of goodness produces awe and wonder in the individual experiencing it.
  • Skill or talent (excellence). This is often energizing, and makes the individual want to pursue their own goals. It produces admiration.
  • Virtue or moral goodness (moral beauty). Virtual goodness makes the individual want to be better, more loving, and produces feelings of elevation.

Exercises for Boosting Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence:

  • Keep a "beauty log." When you believe you are seeing something beautiful- whether it is from nature, is human-made (e.g., artwork), or is the virtuous behavior of others- write it down. Describe the beauty in a few sentences.  
  • Get regular exposure to green space in your environment, especially if you live/work in an urban setting. 
  • Take part in outdoor experiences, such as camping to enhance appreciation for what is usually taken for granted, such as soft beds, warm showers, etc.

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