Learn your Strengths & Improve Your Life

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I always enjoy digging in deeper to understand myself a bit more. To understand my actions and my thoughts to better myself. Because I’ve learned my strengths and my weaknesses, I can improve myself and to lead a happier life.

Through this app Happify, I took a short quiz to discover my top character strengths, but I found out that Happify simply hosted a short version of VIA Institute Character’s survey. Through this website: https://www.viacharacter.org you can discover:

  • Your strengths
  • Your weaknesses
  • How to use your strengths
  • How to strengthen your weaknesses

I will simply go through an introduction and giving you an example of strengths and weaknesses. Lastly, I will tell you the benefits of knowing your characteristics.

Learn Your Top Strengths:

After I took this survey, my strengths were:

  1. Bravery
  2. Love of Learning
  3. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence
  4. Perseverance
  5. Honesty

Learn your Top Weaknesses:

Mine were:

  1. Humor
  2. Love
  3. Zest
  4. Social Intelligence
  5. Self-regulation
  6. Team Work

Overall there were a total of 24 characteristics; these also included: humility, judgement, gratitude, prudence, kindness, hope, forgiveness, creativity, perspective, spirituality, leadership, curiosity, and fairness.

Benefits of Knowing:

Incorporate in Career: If you use your strengths at work, at least four, you will not only find job satisfaction , but also find meaning in your work. You will also flourish in productivity and organizational citizenship.

Tip: Perseverance was the strength most associated with work productivity and least associated with counter-productive work behaviors. So, if you are low at perseverance, work towards it. Perseverance is also linked with higher chances of achievement.

Life Satisfaction: The top 5 character strengths most correlated to life satisfaction are: hope, zest, gratitude, curiosity, and love. Humor, zest, hope, social intelligence, and love are characteristics that lead to pleasure and happiness. Most of these characteristics are categorized under the heart. On the other hand, the strengths that are categorized under the mind, like modesty/humility, creativity, appreciation of beauty & excellence, judgement/open-mindedness, and love of learning, these strengths are least correlated to life satisfaction.

Tip: Strengthen the characteristics that are of the heart to increase life satisfaction.

Holistic Health and Wellness:  Heart strengths tend to be more correlated with well-being than that of the mind characteristics.

Social: Those who are strong in the gratitude characteristic tend to be more helpful, supportive, forgiving, empathetic, and agreeable.

Physical: Even those who practice gratitude are linked to fewer physical symptoms, including neuromuscular diseases and spend more time exercising. Overall, they have an increase chance of optimal well-being.

Emotional & Mental: Grateful individuals report higher positive mood, optimism, life satisfaction, vitality, religiousness and spirituality, and less depression and envy than less grateful individuals

Tip: Gratitude is often repeated throughout the pillars of holistic health, so it may be smart to say – take the time to be grateful for what you have!

How to Utilize your Strengths and Strengthen your Weaknesses:

These are just a few examples, but I chose those the ones that were repeated often for health and wellness, achievement, career, and life satisfaction.

  • Zest: Do a vigorous activity like bike riding, hiking, or kayaking
  • Gratitude: Take the time at the end of the day and write down three things you were thankful for the day.
  • Love: Get to know your coworkers and what they enjoy. Converse with them often about what they care about.
  • Perseverance: Keep a checklist of things to do and make sure take actionable steps to accomplish them
  • Social Intelligence: Write four personal feelings daily and notice a pattern for three weeks.

 

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