Character Strengths

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Why Character Strengths matter.

What are the unique traits that differentiate one person from another?
What is “the essence of me” that makes me unique and unlike anyone else?

Throughout history, these questions have been asked by leading philosophers and thinkers such as Aristotle. In addition, over the centuries, the world’s great religions, hundreds of cultures, and modern scientists have examined and valued character strengths. Character strengths and virtues are capabilities that humans have for thinking, feeling and behaving (Peterson and Seligman, 2004). These unique character strengths are the way we separate ourselves from animals and display our virtues or human essence.

Modern scientists have come up with a list of 24 character strengths:

1.Creativity (originality, ingenuity)
2.Curiosity (interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience)
3.Judgment (critical thinking)
4.Love of Learning
5.Perspective (wisdom)
6.Bravery (valor)
7.Perseverance (persistence, industriousness)
8.Honesty (authenticity, integrity)
9.Zest (vitality, enthusiasm, vigor, energy)
10.Love
11.Kindness (generosity, care, compassion, altruistic love, “niceness”)
12.Social Intelligence (emotional intelligence, personal intelligence)
13.Teamwork (citizenship, social responsibility, loyalty)
14.Fairness
15.Leadership
16.Forgiveness
17.Humility
18.Prudence
19.Self-Regulation (self-control)
20.Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence (awe, wonder, elevation)
21.Gratitude
22.Hope (optimism, future-mindedness, future orientation)
23.Humor (playfulness)
24.Spirituality (faith, purpose)

Strength and greatness are inside of everyone. Each person is different from everyone else. Today you are going to pick a character strength that reminds you of you!

We want you to think of your own ideas to illustrate your character strength. Use your imagination!

Here’s How to Get Started:

1. Choose a Character Strength that describes you. Check out the VIA Character Strength website for ages 10-17 and adults.
2. Write the name of your Character Strength on the top of the page and then draw your Character Strength on the Soaringwords Border, using lots of colors.
3. Write your name and age on the bottom.

Pointers:

Do fill the entire page with your picture and message.
Do make your picture really bright and colorful.

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