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What are your strengths?

February 8, 2011

What Experts Say…

“Authentic happiness comes from identifying and cultivating your most fundamental strengths and using them in work, love, play, and parenting.” (Psychologist Martin E. P. Seligman in his book, Authentic Happiness, p. xii)

In Other Words…

Many of us assume that the key to happiness and growth is overcoming our weaknesses. Research says otherwise. Genuine happiness comes from using our strengths. For that to happen, we need to know our strengths and design our lives to use them.

How This Applies to You…

Learn what YOUR personal strengths are by taking the free VIA Survey of Character Strengths at www.authentichappiness.org. This 240-item survey will help you determine which of the 24 identified human strengths are most characteristic of you.

Once you have identified your personal strengths, look for ways to use them. You may even redesign your career and life to better use your strengths. Let the happiness begin!

To Find Out More…

For an excellent (and free!) program on improving your personal well-being, check out The Personal Journey or Managing Stress at www.arfamilies.org.

For in-depth reading, we recommend Authentic Happiness by Martin E.P. Seligman.

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