The Happiness Collective August 19th, 2020

Understanding Your Signature Strengths

Didn’t get to take the Signature Strengths assessment yet? You’ll want to do that by following the instructions in the “Objectives” section HERE.

Along with our Well-Being and Happiness baseline, we also completed a survey that revealed each of our signature strengths. If you remember, these are the character strengths that are most essential to who each of us are. While everyone possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, each person has a truly unique character strengths profile.

You can find much more information about signature strengths below, but for now - let's get to the good stuff!!!

Complete This Objective!

Alright! So now that you’ve got YOUR five signature strengths, take a few minutes and reflect on the following questions.

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::: Do you feel your strengths reflect who you are? Do they resonate with you?


::: What do you think about them? Were there any surprises that popped up for you?


::: Are you using any of your signature strengths in your current role at Zappos? How are you doing that currently?


Check out Action for Happiness, ways to use your character strengths for various ways that you can challenge your strengths.

Pro Tip: Practice doing intentional and effortful activities to boost your own happiness. Try to use each of your top strengths this week in a new way.

::: Be Specific: How will you challenge your strengths over the next week? What do you think using your strengths will do for you?


Pro Tip: Implementation Intention: Using “if I use (strength), then I will (result)” empirically proves a boost in memory and automatic motor actions!

::: What obstacles do you think will get in your way of using your strengths?


Pro Tip: Identifying these explicitly helps you realize when they’re getting in the way of you doing your best work!

More About Signature Strengths

Signature strengths refer to the character strengths that are most essential to who each of us are.

You can learn much more about signature strengths at, character strengths. Don’t want to read it all? Don't worry, we got you...

Scientists discovered a common language of 24 character strengths make up what’s best about our personality. Everyone possesses all 24 character strengths in different degrees, so each person has a truly unique character strengths profile. Each character strength falls under one of these six broad virtue categories, which are universal across cultures and nations.

When study subjects were prompted to use one of their signature strengths in a new and different way everyday, their happiness scores significantly increased and their depressive symptoms decreased significantly. To be able to use your signature strengths, you’ve first got to discover them!

The Virtue of Wisdom

::: Creativity: Original; adaptive; ingenuity
::: Curiosity: Interest; novelty-seeking; exploration; openness to experience
::: Judgment: Critical thinking; thinking things through; open-minded
::: Love of Learning: Mastering new skills & topics; systematically adding to knowledge
::: Perspective: Wisdom; providing wise counsel; taking the big picture view

The Virtue of Courage

::: Bravery: Valor; not shrinking from fear; speaking up for what’s right
::: Perseverance: Persistence; industry; finishing what one starts
::: Honesty: Authenticity; integrity
::: Zest: Vitality; enthusiasm; vigor; energy; feeling alive and activated

The Virtue of Humanity

::: Love: Both loving and being loved; valuing close relations with others
::: Kindness: Generosity; nurturance; care; compassion; altruism; “niceness”
::: Social Intelligence: Aware of the motives/feelings of oneself & others

The Virtue of Justice

::: Teamwork: Citizenship; social responsibility; loyalty
::: Fairness: Just; not letting feelings bias decisions about others
::: Leadership: Organizing group activities; encouraging a group to get things done

The Virtue of Temperance

::: Forgiveness: Mercy; accepting others’ shortcomings; giving people a second chance
::: Humility: Modesty; letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves
::: Prudence: Careful; cautious; not taking undue risks
::: Self-Regulation: Self-control; disciplined; managing impulses & emotions

The Virtue of Transcendence

::: Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence: Awe; wonder; elevation
::: Gratitude: Thankful for the good; expressing thanks; feeling blessed
::: Hope: Optimism; future-mindedness; future orientation
::: Humor: Playfulness; bringing smiles to others; lighthearted
::: Spirituality: Religiousness; faith; purpose; meaning

The study of character strengths at work has rapidly increased in the last several years, with many companies weaving character strengths exercises to help their employees become more engaged, productive, and happy. The use of character strengths to improve the skills of leaders, teams, and entire organizations is emerging as a popular and successful avenue as well.

Interventions and practical exercises around signature strengths are some of the most popular, frequently discussed, and widely investigated areas in the field of positive psychology.

This module is part of our weekly objectives for 8/19 -8/25

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