Research proves that people who know their character strengths live happier, more satisfied lives because knowing ourselves – what we’re good at, what energises and motivates us, and what our life values are – gives us the ability to lead more engaging and meaningful lives, true to our individual personalities.
Strengths come in all forms and the great news is, we all have them! Whether it’s persistence, humour, gratitude, drive, commitment, loyalty, love or courage – if you’ve never thought about what your strengths are and how you can adapt your life to utilise them in a more powerful and effective way, now is the time.
The VIA survey is a popular and free tool to help assess your best strengths, it can be found here – http://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register
And if you still need persuading, here are five ways knowing our character strengths can help our personal development and emotional intelligence –
- An increased self-awareness allows us to build stronger, more effective relationships
- Acceptance of who we are improves our self esteem
- Allow us to set more tailored and attainable goals
- Build our resilience – see previous post on The Art of Resilience
- Encourage us to focus on the good stuff and not dwell on the negative
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
Realise2 Survey –
£20 for a standard report or £30 for a premium report that includes a significantly enhanced profile and development plan.
The Strengths Book –
Now, Discover Your Strengths –