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Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
"I recognize, emotionally experience, and appreciate the beauty around me and the skill of others."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence?
Those who express an appreciation of beauty & excellence 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.
People high in Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence are responsive to these three types of goodness:
This may include auditory, tactile or abstract. This type of goodness produces awe and wonder in the person experiencing it.
Skill or Talent (Excellence).
This is often energizing, and compels a person to pursue their own goals. It inspires admiration.
Virtue or moral goodness (moral beauty).
Virtuous goodness makes someone want to be better, more loving and creates feelings of elevation.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used appreciation of beauty & excellence in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of appreciation of beauty and excellence in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- 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 or work in an urban setting.
- Pause to appreciate your inner beauty. One way to do this is to see your character strengths and recall how you have used them to bring benefit to others.