The route to the virtues Signature Strengths ◦ Moral Traits (not like talents) ◦ You can build strengths ◦ Choice to use and to build ◦ Can be acquired by almost any ordinary person ◦ Measureable and acquirable
A strength is a trait Valued in its own right Does not diminish others Produces authentic positive emotions ◦ Win-Win Culture supports: institutions, rituals, role models, parables, maxims, children’s stories Ubiquitous
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A sense of ownership and authenticity (“This is the real me”) A feeling of excitement while displaying it, particularly at first A rapid learning of new ways to enact the strength Continuous learning of new ways to enact the strength A sense of yearning to find ways to use it A feeling of inevitability in using the strength (“Try and stop me”) Invigoration rather than exhaustion while using the strength The creation and pursuit of personal projects that revolve around it Joy, zest, enthusiasm, even ecstasy while using it
Usingyour signature strengths every day in the main realms of your life to bring abundant gratification and authentic happiness.
1. What are they? 2. Where have you been using them? 3. Where do you intend to use them in the future? 4. What will it take to fully develop and use your gifts and strengths? (training? Support? Recognition?) 5. What is your next step in discovering, claiming and using your gifts and strengths.