On the Road to a Stress-Free Life: Identify Your Character Strengths

And put them to work.

By Sandi Smith, CPA

How many times a day do we tell ourselves with the little voice in our head that we’re falling short of the ideal we have for ourselves? “I forgot to add the salt, so I ruined the recipe.” “I’m not good enough.” “I was mistaken.” “I’m not smart enough.” “I didn’t get picked for the finals.” “Nobody likes me.” And so on.

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Instead, why don’t we focus on our strengths? A University of Michigan psychology professor undertook an extensive research project to discover 24 positive character strengths that each person has to varying degrees.

They are: