COVID-19 Resources: Learn how to apply character strengths to boost resilience and support others.
"I give advice to others by considering different (and relevant) perspectives and using my own experiences and knowledge to clarify the big picture."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Perspective?
What is Perspective
Perspective means the ability to see the bigger picture in life. Perspective is about being able to see the forest as well as the trees, to avoid getting wrapped up in the small details when there are bigger issues to consider. While listening to others, perspective helps you to simultaneously think about life lessons, proper conduct, and what’s best for the situation being discussed. This ability to look at systems as a whole, or to think in big terms, helps you to offer good advice. Perspective is distinct from intelligence but represents a high level of knowledge, the capacity to give advice and to recognize and weight multiple sides before making decisions. It allows the individual to address important questions about the conduct and meaning of life.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used perspective in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of perspective in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- For your next interaction, first focus on listening carefully and then focus on sharing your ideas and thoughts.
- Read quotes on wisdom, find one that resonates and then re-write it to make it your own and put it to memory. Try to think about ways that you can live truer to that quote.
- Find someone wise (alive or someone who has passed on), read or watch a film on their life, and identify how their life can guide your decisions and actions.