Use your strengths.
From the Four Temperaments of Hippocrates (almost inexplicably still used to this day) to the Enneagram, we tend to believe that personality defines behaviour, but besides the fact that few of us like to be pigeon-holed, personality classifications do more in terms of eliciting shortcomings than in showing practical ways to boost our potential. For this reason, we thank Dr. Martin Seligman and Dr. Chris Peterson for writing an 800-page book based on their research on character strengths and virtues (Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification) where they make a compilation of the 24 strengths (curiosity, honesty, creativity…) that we all have in varying degrees. As it turns out, their research shows that putting our top strengths into practice is key to our happiness and well-being. When we use our character strengths, we feel more fulfilled, more positive and become more resilient.
For this week’s practice, we propose you take their free VIA survey and find out your top strengths, maybe you already know but you might be surprised! Then, pick one of your top four and put it into practice, you can find lots of ideas for each specific strength here.
WHY IS IT GOOD?
Using your strengths has plenty of benefits:
You become more productive, perform better, are more engaged with what you’re doing, and you’re happier in life.
You get a self-esteem boost because you pay attention and appreciate your own skills.
You become aware of the skills that your need/want to work on.
You learn to notice and appreciate other people’s skills.
You are bound to enter a state of flow.
When we talk about strengths we don’t only mean those strengths/skills that you use for work, it’s about your daily life. Depending on your strengths you can:
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