Appreciation Of Beauty And Excellence

If Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is your top strength you 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.

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Virtue Category

Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence falls under the virtue category of Transcendence. Transcendence describes strengths that provide a broad sense of connection to something higher in meaning and purpose than ourselves.

Key Concepts

There are three types of goodness for which individuals high in Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence are responsive to:

  • Physical beauty. This may be visual, auditory, tactile, or abstract. This type of goodness produces awe and wonder in the individual experiencing it.
  • Skill or talent (excellence). This is often energizing, and makes the individual want to pursue their own goals. It produces admiration.
  • Virtue or moral goodness (moral beauty). Virtual goodness makes the individual want to be better, more loving, and produces feelings of elevation.

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Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence In Action

Your Strength Motto

Find beauty in nature, art, ideas, and people.

Exercises for Boosting this Strength

  • 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/work in an urban setting. 

Examples of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence


  • American Beauty
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Departures
  • Walking Life
  • Faraway, So Close!
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  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Beautiful Day – U2/Pickin on U2
  • Have You Ever – Brandi Carlisle
  • Blue Sky – Allman Brothers Band
  • Oh What A Beautiful Morning - Oklahoma
  • Take My Home, Country Roads – John Denver
  • Singing Bird – Sinead O'Connor

Where Does Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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