character strength research

Character Strengths Research

My top five character strengths are appreciation of beauty and excellence, leadership,

fairness and equity and justice, gratitude, and kindness and generosity. These character strengths

make me who I am today, and hold great potential in helping me through my journey to mindful

living. By assessing the positive effects these traits have on my well-being, I am better able to

determine what measures I need to take to make my life more meaningful and improve my

wellbeing.

People with an appreciation of beauty and excellence often “feel fulfilled, expand their

awareness beyond their own concerns, feel connected to the environment (physical and social),

acquire a new knowledge of the world, see it with better eyes, and feel motivated to change for

the better, and to behave in a way that preserves the harmony of the world” (Martinez-Marti,

2015). The beauty of nature, life, and everything in between has always been something I was

quick to notice. I have always wanted to explore new places and learn the local customs and

ways of life. I think this has helped me gain a broader world view and has also helped me to

better understand others. The fact that people with this character strength are often more

motivated towards positive change and have more awareness of their surroundings gives me

hope that I can always work to become a better person. I hope this character strength allows me

to maintain positive relationships and create healthy dialogue instead of constantly fighting with

those I disagree with. The ability to see many sides and hoping to change the world for the better

has definitely influenced the people I keep around me today. I think this will increase my

wellbeing as it will be much easier for me to create a network of supporters, and to think more

rationally about my circumstances when things become difficult. It will also help me channel my

ability to lead in times of crisis or disagreement.