When you discover your greatest strengths, you can learn to use them to handle stress and life challenges, become happier, and develop relationships with those who matter most to you. Read on to find out what your strengths are?
The 24 Character Strengths
In the early 2000s, something groundbreaking occurred in the social sciences: Scientists discovered a common language of 24 character strengths that make up what’s best about our personality. Everyone possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, so each person has a truly unique character profile.
Each character strength falls under one of six broad virtue categories, which are universal across cultures and nations. The six broad virtue categories are:
1. Wisdom – creativity, curiosity, judgement, love of learning, perspective
2. Courage – bravery, perseverance, honesty, zest
3. Humanity – love, kindness, social intelligence
4. Justice – teamwork, fairness, leadership
5. temperance – forgiveness, humility, prudence, self-regulation
6. transcendence – appreciation of beauty/excellence, gratitude, hope, humour, spirituality.
You can see more details of these 6 virtue categories here.
You can also take a free online survey. The VIA Survey is the only free, scientific survey of character strengths in the world. This simple character test takes about 15 minutes and will reveal your greatest strengths.