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What do we mean by character strengths?

Strengths can be described in lots of different ways. Here, we are talking about strengths of character which are about how you relate to other people and the world around you. When you are using your true strengths, you feel full of energy.

Character strengths are different from talents or skills or knowledge. So you could have wonderful talents like playing football or cooking or you may have passed lots of exams or be a highly skilled nurse or teacher, but that is not what we are talking about here.

Sometimes we talk about character as if it’s just one thing - we may say someone has good character. But character is actually made up of lots of different strengths and everyone has a different profile of strengths including things like curiosity, bravery, kindness, humour, hope, modesty, etc.

Recent evidence suggests that recognising our own character strengths and using them daily can help us build happier, more meaningful lives.