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Part 2 of 3 : Harnessing positive energy- Know and use your strengths

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.

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  • KACAR51
    Great post! Sometimes we focus too much on what we can't do and not enough on what we are good at! Thanks! emoticon emoticon
    1789 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    Very thought provoking ! Thank you! emoticon
    1791 days ago
    Thank you for a great post! One of the many things I like about SP are blogs like yours that make me stop and think and even help me to be a "better me". emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
    Thanks a bunch! Greet blog.

    Could you please inform m emoticon e the name of the particular article that you were referring onn the link? Thanks
    1792 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Interesting post. Got me thinking about what my strengths are and how I might make better use of them. Thanks for posting.
    1792 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    thanks for another wonderful blog!

    have to figure out what my strengths are
    1792 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. Will have to see what my Strengths are. Have to find a way to do it though. Thanks for Sharing this with Us. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1792 days ago
    Chris ,

    I am so glad I found your set of blogs.. just when I needed them .. We so often see the strength in others but none in ourselves when that simply isn't true.

    MY strengths I have to admit are different for different people..

    I would say for my Family .. it is my "LOVE" unending , unwavering, always there.

    for my friends ... it would be my positive outlook. Always a smile , kind words, uplifting spirit.

    I know I have Gratuite everywhere in my life and Love ..

    off to read and think,
    thanks again ,
    1792 days ago
    Good blog - I am going to google strength quiz and see if I know my strengths!
    1792 days ago
    WOW - this was a great blog and an important reminder. So often our response to compliments is to say something like, "it was nothing", "oh anyone COULD have done it", "this old thing" or whatever. Things that come easily are often discounted in the same way. Wow, your stick-to-itiveness is REALLY admirable. I work on being positive and working on those traits, but maybe recognizing MY own strengths might be a good place for me to work on NOW. Thanks for posting this. Hope everything is going well with you this week.
    1792 days ago
    Thanks Chris,

    I have to learn to identify mine,

    Hugs &
    blessinings emoticon
    1792 days ago
    Your blog has taught me a lot about me and I thank you very much for it. These are strengths I would not have thought of.
    1792 days ago
    We all are stronger then we think We can accept and make the most of our life or complain and feel sorry for our self Change whot you can and live with the rest
    1792 days ago
    I think my strength's are optimism, love hope and gratitude.
    Very interesting thoughts Chris .. Thanks for posting .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
    1792 days ago
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