COVID-19 Resources: Learn how to apply character strengths to boost resilience and support others.
“I am honest to myself and to others, I try to present myself and my reactions accurately to each person, and I take responsibility for my actions.”
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Honesty?
When you are honest, you speak the truth. More broadly, you present yourself in a genuine and sincere way, without pretense, and taking responsibility for your feelings and actions. You are a person of integrity — you are who you say you are — and you act consistently across the domains of your life rather than being one way in the community and a completely different way in your family. As a result, you believe you are being consistently true to yourself.
This strength involves accurately representing your internal states, intentions, and commitments, both publicly and privately. The strength of honesty is often linked to self-concordance- the extent to which your goals accurately represent your implicit interests and values. Honesty allows people to take responsibility for their feelings and behaviors, owning them, and reaping benefits by doing so.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used honesty in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of honesty in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- The next time you are asked for advice, give constructive, direct and authentic feedback.
- Honor your commitments in all of your relationships. If you agree to do something or schedule a time to meet with someone, be reliable and follow through.
- Write about a community issue that you believe has not been dealt with directly and honestly. Consider sharing your writing with others.