If Zest is your top strength, you approach all experiences with excitement and energy. You never do anything halfway or halfheartedly. For you, life is an adventure.

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Virtue Category

Zest falls under the virtue category of Courage. Courage describes strengths that deal with overcoming fear. These strengths can manifest themselves inwardly or outwardly as they are composed of cognitions, emotions, motivations and decisions.

Key Concepts

Zest is a dynamic strengths that is directly related to physical and psychological wellness. This strength has the strongest ties to overall life satisfaction and a life of engagement. 

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Zest In Action

Zest Motto

When in doubt, take action!

Exercises for Boosting Zest

  • Improve your sleep hygiene by establishing regular sleep time, eating 3-4 hours before sleeping, avoiding doing any work in the bed, not taking caffeine late in the evening, etc. Notice changes in your energy level.
  • Do a physically rigorous activity (bike riding, running, sports singing, playing) that you always wanted to do but have not done yet.
  • Call old friend and reminisce good old times.

Examples of Zest


  • The Artist
  • Pleasantville
  • Cool Hand Luke
  • Harold and Maude
  • Young @ Heart
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  • Happy
  • Elevation - U2
  • I Feel Good - James Brown
  • Don't Let Me Fall - B.o.B.
  • Celebration - Kool & The Gang
  • Beautiful - Carole King
  • Every Little Thing She Does - Police
  • So Much to Say - Dave Matthews

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