Everyone is born with a specific set of character strengths that makes us unique, some we learn, some we harness. And at one point or another, you’ve probably been told what your unique strengths are. You may have been praised for your creativity or told how good of a leader you are when it comes to collaborative work. Now imagine being able to use these attributes as superpowers to create a happier life for you and the people around you.
Research has shown that identifying your character strengths can help you develop better relationships, at work and at home and impact your wellbeing. This is because when you focus on your best qualities rather than your weaknesses, you develop more self-confidence and feel happier in general.
According to Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Christopher Peterson, two pioneers of positive psychology, we all possess 24 character strengths to various degrees. These strengths fall into six different categories: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence.
If you are not sure what your character strengths are, take the VIA Character Survey. This scientific survey will help you discover your best qualities in less than 15 minutes.
Another great way to find out what your character strengths are is by simply asking your closest friends and family. On top of that, you’ll probably learn something new about yourself as well.