Happiness and Using Your Strengths

People often come to therapy because they feel like they’re messing up somehow – in relationships, at their job, at life in general. That awareness is important but we also need to know what we’re doing right. In fact, it might be even more important to know our strengths so that we can make the most of them. Do you know yours? The VIA Institute on Character offers a free strengths profile because research shows that using your strengths leads to greater happiness and life satisfaction. They share a lot of research about how using your strengths leads to greater self-esteem, immediate and long-term improvement in mood, positive work attitude, cognitive well-being, more hope, an increase in academic engagement, a higher rate of employment, and a decrease in depression and stress. So start paying attention to what you do well – after all, you can’t use your strengths intentionally if you don’t know what they are!