It has been said that one of the secrets to happiness is finding ways to be able to operate in areas of strength as much as possible. One way to identify more of your strengths is to take the VIA Character Strengths assessment test. Researchers in a field called Positive Psychology identified 24 character strengths. The test they designed helps you figure out which of the 24 are your greatest strengths. The idea is that after you discover your strengths, you can work to improve ones you’re weaker at, but also play to the ones you’re stronger at.
Here is the link: http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/Default.aspx
You have to create an account so it will save your assessments. After you make your account, click on the test called “VIA Survey of Character Strengths” to take the test. It’s 240 questions long, but it goes fast, and I promise it’ll be worth it!
After you take the test, please share your Top Five strengths here on the Red Boa blog.
For the record, here are my top five:
1. Appreciation of beauty and excellence
You notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.
2 Love of learning
You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.
3. Perspective (wisdom)
Although you may not think of yourself as wise, your friends hold this view of you. They value your perspective on matters and turn to you for advice. You have a way of looking at the world that makes sense to others and to yourself.
4. Curiosity and interest in the world
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery
You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.