Strengths for the New Year

  • What did you enjoy doing most in 2014?
  • What consistently gives you a sense of energy and satisfaction?
  • How would you like to be in 2015?

I’m hoping that these questions will lead you to consider your personal strengths. The study of individual character strengths is a key element of Positive Psychology and without wanting to over simplify – it’s about making the most of what you’re good at which appeals strongly to me!

Using your strengths, particularly in a new way, has been demonstrated in many scientific studies to provide a lasting boost in well-being and life satisfaction.  For example?  You may be a naturally curious person who loves discovering new things – you could deliberately put this strength into use and take your family to explore a new destination or try a new activity during the holidays. 

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Research in the workplace suggests that people who consciously use their strengths more perform better at work and are more likely to achieve their goals.  When trying to improve performance the greatest return has been shown to come from focusing on using and developing strengths rather than fighting to improve areas of weakness

Sometimes we instinctively recognise our strengths and the strengths of those around us but if you have time over the summer you might find it fascinating to take the free strengths survey developed by the VIA Institute. You can find it at www.viacharacter.org/www/The-Survey If after you take the survey you would like to discuss your results please give Flourishing Mothers a call.

As we jump into 2015, may we suggest an overarching resolution –whatever you’re doing – “Play to your Strengths” and encourage those closest to you to do the same.  Whatever you’re planning to do this year, extra energy and an increased sense of life satisfaction will give you a flying start!

Best wishes from Flourishing Mothers

Adapted by Flourishing Mothers from the work of Alex Linley, Reena Govindji, Robert Biswas-Diener and Martin Seligman.