Friday, June 28, 2013
"Leverage your strengths. To reap the benefits of your strengths, you first need to know what they are. Unfortunately, according to a British study, only about one-third of people have a useful understanding of their strengths.
If something comes easily, you may take it for granted and not identify it as a strength. If you are not sure of your strengths, you can identify them by asking someone you respect who knows you well, by noticing what people compliment you on, and by thinking about what comes most easily to you.
Certain strengths are most closely linked to happiness. They include gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love. These strengths are so important that they're worth cultivating and applying in your daily life, even if they don't come naturally to you." www.health.harvard.edu/
My strength is patience or putting one foot in front of the other or dogging it and never giving up. I guess I am like the Energizer Bunny. (without the extra energy!) I made it through college and grad school and 40 years of teaching. I stayed married 40 years. And I have not given up on my weight loss (except for a few years when depression got me.)
The article mentions: "gratitude, hope, vitality, curiosity, and love" as strengths. I have all of those except maybe vitality.