VIA Character Strengths
October 10 2019
October 10th is World Mental Health Day!
In a deficit-based world, it’s important that we notice and focus on what is “right” with people. When we talk about mental health and wellness, this is especially important. In order to change this deficit-based way of thinking, we need to start looking at things from a strengths-based perspective. One way to do that is to identify and utilize character strengths in ourselves and others.
The VIA Institute on Character defines character strengths as the positive parts of your personality that impact how you think, feel, and behave. Years of research has identified 24 character strengths that are broken up into six virtues. Character strengths are different from other personal strengths like unique skills, talents, interests, and resources because they reflect who we are at our core and they are the key to being our best selves.
When we identify (aware) and own (explore) our strengths, we are better prepared to utilize (apply) them. This can have an enormous impact on overall functioning. When we look at what’s strong instead of what’s wrong, we open ourselves to optimism, life satisfaction, and positive feelings and relationships. To find out your unique character strengths profile, take the FREE 10-15 minute survey at my professional VIA site here.