The THSC Journal
The character strengths of Peterson and Seligman (2004) are personal characteristics such as leadership and perseverance. There is also criticism of this collection. The vast majority of these strengths are linked to thoughts, feelings and behavior that encourage us to avoid setbacks. From positive psychology 2.0 there are researchers who, for example, put patience forward as a character strength that can help us deal with setbacks without running away from our problems.
As a gratitude researcher, people ask me sometimes if you need to be religious or spiritual to be grateful. This assumption is quite understandable as all religions and major worldviews consider gratitude a core virtue. Research shows that religious or spiritual people do report higher levels of dispositional gratitude than people who say they aren’t spiritual or religious. To answer this question, we need to look scientifically at the origin of spirituality of humans. How did spirituality evolve and how is it associated with gratitude?
This morning, I filled out the Values in Action Strengths Inventory. It has been five years since I filled it out and I was curious if my character strengths were still the same. My three strongest character strengths are gratitude, wisdom and appreciation of beauty. Well, all has been the same for me but why is it important to know your strengths?
There are great concerns about the mental health of the world’s population. Depression is the most common mental illness worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 28 people suffer from depression. But what is mental health? Within positive psychology, Keyes’ two-continua model of mental health is often used to provide insight into mental health.
With closing the book of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, my Christmas holiday is over. It had been a few years since I had read the Harry Potter books and I was looking forward to reading the entire series again. A Christmas holiday is the perfect period for that, and I enjoyed reading the books very much. I just couldn’t help not only to enjoy it this time, but also to look at it from the perspective of positive psychology 2.0.