What are Character Strengths?
Character Strengths are the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel and behave
Everyone has 24 Character strengths within, we possess them to varying degrees. Each of us possesses a group of signature strengths, which are essential to our unique identities and provide a feeling of authenticity, excitement, and invigoration when we use them. Our signature strengths are positive qualities that energize us,
Research has shown that using your character strengths can help to protect against the onset of mental health problems, manage and overcome problems, improve relationships and enhance health, and wellbeing.
Character strengths can be nurtured and developed through positive psychology, an approach that is at the core of Worth-it initiatives to improve emotional wellbeing and resilience in children and young people. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human strengths and flourishing and the applied approach enables individuals, communities and organizations.
There are 6 classes of virtues that are made up of 24 character strengths:
- Wisdom and Knowledge
- Love of Learning
- Social Intelligence
- Team Work
- Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence.
You can define Character Strengths in different ways and perspectives.
- Zest: approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated
- Grit: finishing what one starts; completing something despite obstacles; a combination of persistence and resilience.
- Self-control: regulating what one feels and does; being self-disciplined
- Social intelligence being aware of motives and feelings of other people and oneself
- Gratitude: being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen
- Love: valuing close relationships with others; being close to people
- Hope: expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it
- Humor: liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing a light side
- Creativity: coming up with new and productive ways to think about and do things
- Curiosity: taking an interest in experience for its own sake; finding things fascinating
- Open-mindedness: examining things from all sides and not jumping to conclusions
- Love of learning: mastering new skills and topics on one’s own or in school
- Wisdom: being able to provide good advice to others
- Bravery: not running from threat, challenge, or pain; speaking up for what’s right
- Integrity: speaking the truth and presenting oneself sincerely and genuinely
- Kindness: doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them
- Citizenship: working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group
- Fairness: treating all people the same; giving everyone a fair chance
- Leadership: encouraging a group of which one is a valued member to accomplish
- Forgiveness: forgiving those who’ve done wrong; accepting people’s shortcomings
- Modesty: letting one’s victories speak for themselves; not seeking the spotlights
- Prudence/Discretion: being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks
- Appreciation of beauty: noticing and appreciating all kinds of beauty and excellence
- Spirituality: having beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe
Character Strengths can change over time and depending on the situation.
You cannot ignore weaknesses while pursuing your strengths.
Character Strengths are measurable. Character Strengths are related to well-being. Character Strengths help us overcome the Negativity Bias.
Character strengths have been shown to positively impact student performance in classrooms.
How to develop character strengths?
To Developing Your Character I have been focusing on a particular character strength every week for the past three months. Practices for this have included identifying the focus value for the week (for example, Integrity), and then keeping a daily journal about how well I’ve faired in practicing that value.
- Identify: Take the character strengths survey to identify your strengths
- Commit: Pick one of your key strengths that you’d like to work on for a week.
- Practice: Start every day for the coming 7 days with a reflection on the practice of your value. You can journal about it (like I do), meditate on it, draw it, photograph it, paint it – whatever works for you.
- Share the love. If you enjoy and get value from this exercise, induct someone else into the #character science movement. You’re welcome to forward them this post:)
Why to Development of Character Strengths in Children?
Character strengths increase academic adjustment and success. Character strengths seem to help students adjust to school, from the beginning of elementary school through middle school and beyond; they have been associated with satisfaction with school, academic self-efficacy, and positive classroom behavior.
Our strengths of character make us who we are. For children, just like adults, using their top strengths feels energizing, motivating and like we are using the best of ourselves. This builds a sense of self-esteem, competence and wellbeing that can grow over time.
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