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Building and using your signature strengths

January 15, 2014

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, Authentic Happiness, Martin E.P. Seligman says,
I do not believe that you should devote overly much effort to correcting your weaknesses. Rather, I believe that the highest success in living and the deepest emotional satisfaction comes from building and using your signature strengths (p. 13).

In other words…
We all have weaknesses. There will never be a time when we do not have them. So, instead of focusing on weaknesses that we would like to fix, we should focus on discovering and developing the strengths that we already have. When we use our strengths, we become more confident and we experience greater satisfaction in life.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Make a list identifying several strengths that you see in yourself. Or ask a trusted friend or family member what strengths they see in you. Then, focus on your strengths and design your life to use those strengths on a daily basis.

To Find Out More…
about personal well-being, check out Getting Our Hearts Right or The Personal Journey programs at, follow us at or contact your local county Extension agent. You may also enjoy reading Authentic Happiness.

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