If Gratitude is your top strength you are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express thanks.

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Virtue Category

Gratitude 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 two types of gratitude:

  • Benefit-triggered gratitude=the state that follows when a desired benefit is received from a benefactor.
  • Generalized gratitude=the state resulting from awareness and appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to yourself.

There are two stages of gratitude:

  • Acknowledging the goodness in your life.
  • Recognizing the source of this goodness is outside yourself.

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Gratitude In Action

Your Strength Motto

Tell people “thank you,” often

Exercises for Boosting this Strength

  • Write down three good thing that you are grateful for each day.
  • Set aside at least ten minutes every day to savor a pleasant experience.

Examples of Gratitude


  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Ikiru
  • Angel-A
  • Groundhog Day
  • Fearless
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  • Thank You Fa Lettin Me Be Myself Again - Sly & the Family Stone
  • Poems, Prayers and Promises - John Denver
  • Thank You - Bonnie Raitt
  • Heavenly Day - Patty Griffin
  • You are the Best Thing - Ray La Montagne

Where Does Gratitude Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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