Shown above in visual format are what researchers in the field of positive psychology call character strengths. There are 24 and each of us have many of these to some degree. What are yours?
There are online tests to see where you stand on each one. How far or lower they are ranked.
Here’s one link (for which you must register, but its free):
I am nearing the end of a Coursera online course by the RELAY Graduate School of Education. While the course is about Teaching Character and Creating Positive Class Rooms the course content is very useful for everyone. Many of us participants are benefiting personally in terms of figuring out our real character strengths and also weak areas.
The discussion forums are brimming with great ideas on how to use this info with kids in classrooms, outside, and at home.
Even though it may be too late to take part in the course, you may want to check out the videos and understand the concepts. There are lots of resources for you to check out as well. The course ends in a week or so.
But you can download the content for future reference provided you register in the course. Hopefully it will run again sometime.
The course is led by Dave Levin whose work with KIPP academies is mentioned in the book How Children Succeed. Other people I read about in that book, like Dr Angela Duckworth and Dominic Randolph, another educator like Dave Levin, are interviewed.
There are real case studies from real class rooms in action.
Researchers into relevant topics are also interviewed. These include:
- Dr. Martin Seligman who wrote Authentic Happiness and more recently Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
- Dr. Carol Dweck who wrote the excellent book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
As I’d read many things about the course content, including the above books, I found it even more interesting. Especially the explore section with additional resources.
Check this out. You’ll thank your self and your kids will thank you too.