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Use the qualities that come most naturally to you to improve your lifeand begin thriving.
Knowing your character strengths isn’t just interesting information. When skillfully applied, character strengths can actually have a significant positive impact on your life. Research shows that using your character strengths can help you:
Buffer against, manage and overcome problems
Improve your relationships
Enhance health and overall well-being
Every individual possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, giving each person a unique character profile. You can discover your personal character strengths profile by taking the scientifically validated VIA Survey.
Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are.
You like exploration and discovery.
You think things through and examine them from all sides.
You have a passion for mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge.
People who know you consider you wise.
You do not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain.
You live your life in a genuine and authentic way.
You work hard to finish what you start.
You approach everything you do with excitement and energy.
You are kind and generous to others.
You value close relations with others.
You know how to fit in to different social situations.
One of your abiding principles is to treat all people fairly.
You excel at encouraging a group to get things done.
You excel as a member of a group.
You forgive those who have done you wrong.
You do not seek the spotlight and others recognize and value your modesty.
You are a careful person.
You are a disciplined person.
APPREC. OF BEAUTY
You notice and appreciate beauty and excellence in all domains of life.
You are aware of good things that happen and don’t take them for granted.
You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it.
Bringing smiles to other people is important to you.
Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
Youth Strength Icons
The groundbreaking book, Character Strengths and Virtues, championed by Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, describes the VIA Classification of character strengths and virtues.
The Good in You
Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave and are the keys to you being your best self. When applied effectively, they are beneficial both to you and society as a whole. They are different than your other strengths, such as your unique skills, talents, interests and resources, because character strengths reflect the "real" you — who you are at your core.
I find the concept of character strengths personally energizing. I like the idea that all strengths are strengths, not weaknesses and strengths.
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria: