My therapist (that my friend Jon says I don’t need) asked me to take the VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire to help me figure out how to coordinate a schedule that would incorporate my strengths. The key to happiness apparently is ensuring that you exercise as many of your strengths as you can on a daily basis. I learned a lot about myself and my goals (or lack there of) after reviewing the results of the test.
Here were my results:
Your Top Strength
You excel at the tasks of leadership: encouraging a group to get things done and preserving harmony within the group by making everyone feel included. You do a good job organizing activities and seeing that they happen.
(Probably not exercising this strength enough though I used quite a bit of it as a teacher. No wonder I loved teaching so much! I don’t think antagonizing my little sister now to clean my bathroom counts. But perhaps moderating a group for converts does. I’m much better at leading and motivating other people than I am at motivating myself.)
Your Second Strength
Curiosity and interest in the world
You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.
(This explains why I can’t seem to stop reading. I’ll read anything. I’m reading “Dragon’s Breath”, a children’s book about a frog princess right now in-between chapters of “American Judaism” and the New York Times and blogs.)
Your Third Strength
Capacity to love and be loved
You value close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated. The people to whom you feel most close are the same people who feel most close to you.
(Working from home does not help me exercise this strength as much though I do feel that I’m connecting with many people online and even–gulp, social anxiety alert–over the phone. I’ve been working on taking breaks from writing and toiling away at my desk by having little meetings around the city with friends.)
Your Fourth Strength
Fairness, equity, and justice
Treating all people fairly is one of your abiding principles. You do not let your personal feelings bias your decisions about other people. You give everyone a chance.
(Really? Aww shucks. )
Your Fifth Strength
Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness
You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.
(This is probably one of the biggest strengths I use when I’m writing. But it gets me in trouble dealing with people on a day to day basis. I seem to suffer from something I call foot-in-mouth disease. My husband hopes it’s not terminal.)