COVID-19 Resources: Learn how to apply character strengths to boost resilience and support others.
"I act on my convictions, and I face threats, challenges, difficulties, and pains, despite my doubts and fears."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Bravery?
To be brave is to face your challenges, threats, or difficulties. It involves valuing a goal or conviction and acting upon it, whether popular or not. A central element involves facing – rather than avoiding – fears.
There are three types of bravery (an individual may possess one of these or a combination):
- Physical bravery (e.g., firefighters, police officers, soldiers)
- Psychological bravery (e.g., facing painful aspects of oneself)
- Moral bravery (e.g., speaking up for what's right, even if it's an unfavorable opinion to a group)
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used bravery in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of Bravery in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Tap into your personal bravery by attending something you are afraid of that most people are not.
- Speak up at a community meeting or write about an unpopular idea for a public outlet.
- Think of brave role models in your community in order to be inspired and to resist peer pressure that might block you from engaging in noble values and meaningful causes.