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Taking a Parenthetical Break

Today’s post is a small parenthesis between the numbered posts of the previous subject matter, because I’m currently reading a book I’m learning a lot from, called “Authentic Happiness” by Martin Seligman, and I think his material on “Identifying our Signature Strengths” worthy of note.

Here’s how Seligman says to discover your top signature strengths:

“Take your list of top strengths and for each one ask if any of these criteria apply:

-A sense of ownership and authenticity (“this is the real me”)

-A feeling of excitement while displaying it, particularly at first

-A rapid learning curve as the strength is first practiced

-Continuous learning of new ways to enact the strength

-A sense of yearning to find ways to use it

-A feeling of inevitability in using the strength (“Try and stop me”)

-Invigoration rather than exhaustion while using the strength

-The creation and pursuit of personal projects that revolve around it

-Joy, zest, enthusiasm, even ecstasy while using it

(taken from “Authentic Happiness” by Martin Seligman)


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