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OW SERIES: Day 3 – Discover your signature strengths

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For today, here’s a positive psychology exercise that will increase your level of well-being in the short, medium, and long term. It’s about identifying your character strengths and using one per day in a specific activity. Here’s an example: one strength of mine is my love of study and learning. So from now on, I’m devoting every Monday afternoon to writing a chapter of my book, reading a scientific study, and preparing my lectures for my university students. I’m feeling aligned with my values and full of energy, and have the satisfaction of using the strengths that I love the most.

The icing on the cake? Taking the test with your partner and then talking about it afterward strengthens the bonds that bind you and helps unravel a lot of misunderstandings.

What’s your main strength?

Exercise: Identifying character strengths

  1. Go to the character strength assessment website by typing “values in action” into your web browser. Register on the site (it’s free) and take the test.
  2. Download the results report and read it.
  3. Make a note of the five character strengths which represent you the most. These are considered your “signature strengths”.

Assign each strength to a day of the week. Practice one of your “signatures” each day for a month. So if Monday is your “learning and discovering” day, read an interesting article or sign up for a conference.

Using our signature strengths in daily activities considerably and sustainably improves our well-being.

By Adrien Chignard

Adrien Chignard, Occupational Psychologist, Sens & Coherence

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