Character strengths are qualities we have that make us who we are and help us to thrive. By finding out what our strengths are and more about them we can work out how to use them to achieve goals and overcome difficulties. 24 character strengths have been identified, including:
Creativity – Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are.
Bravery – You do not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain.
Honesty – You live your life in a genuine and authentic way.
Perseverance – You work hard to finish what you start.
Kindness – You are kind and generous to others.
Love – You value close relations with others.
Humility – You do not seek the spotlight and others recognize and value your modesty.
Hope – You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it.
Humour – Bringing smiles to others people is important to you.
Spirituality – Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
Once you have identified your top strengths you can think about how to use them more in your life, including to achieve goals and overcome difficulties. For example, if you were going through a hard time you might draw on hope to be able to expect things to get better in the future.
You can find out more about your strengths by completing the free survey here: http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey. There are youth and adult versions available.