Strengths & Virtues

Everyone has a characteristic set of strengths and virtues, that is, things that they are naturally “good” or “strong” on. Research in Positive Psychology suggests that there are (at least) 24 strengths and virtues that are recognized in most cultures.

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What Is Altruism in Psychology? 8 Inspiring Examples

Around the world, people give up time, money, and energy every day to improve the lives of others. It can be as simple as helping [...]

What Is Humility & Why Is It Important? (Incl. Examples)

At first sight, the ancient virtue of humility is not a particularly appealing one. Deriving from the word humus (earth), it appears to clash with [...]

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What Is Intuition and Why Is It Important? 5 Examples

Intuition is that feeling in your gut when you instinctively know that something you are doing is right or wrong. Or it’s that moment when [...]

Fostering Creativity: 12 Strategies to Boost Creative Skills

Creativity has been valued throughout human history. It has also been called “the skill of the future” (Powers, 2018). This is partly because creativity helps [...]

Strength-Spotting Interviews: 20+ Questions and Techniques

How often have we asked ourselves: Who am I? The existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre spent most of his career pondering similar questions, ultimately believing that [...]

10+ Ways to Build Character Strengths at Work (& Examples)

Love? That was not what I expected. According to the results of the Character Strength test, my top five strengths are: Love Curiosity Love of [...]

Personal Strengths Defined (+ List of 92 Personal Strengths)

In my work with young people, we often talk about their ideas of personal strengths and weaknesses. One of the exercises we begin with asks [...]

VIA Character Strengths & Survey: 31 Ways to Spot Strengths

In positive psychology, cultivating and using our personal strengths is an integral part of striving for “the good life” – very roughly speaking, the pursuit [...]

10 Best TED Talks on VIA Character Strengths and Virtues

When you think of how to live a life in which you can flourish, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For many, [...]

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3 Most Accurate Character Strengths Assessments and Tests

Character strengths are an indispensable aspect of positive psychology. They are a collection of personal abilities that buffer against mental health disorders and positively impact [...]