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Character Strengths

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Week 8, Term Three, 2017

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This term, we have been learning about character strengths in the Year Level Meeting sessions. We have learnt that there are 24 character strengths that fit into six categories: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence.

Throughout the past weeks, we have been making short videos about our top strengths and which strengths we can improve upon. These videos helped us to explore our personalities and emotions, allowing us to become better people. In addition, we all learned where our strengths lie and how we use them in everyday life.

Here is what I have learned about myself: my top three character strengths are a love of learning, curiosity and creativity. I have always enjoyed reading and going to school. I am also curious because I like to research all subjects but in particular animals and aircraft. In addition, I am also creative since I enjoy composing music and writing short stories.

I use my love of learning in schoolwork, especially in class conversations. I am an active participant and I ask – and answer – questions. I use my curiosity in class as well, especially when I do research activities, as I love to go deep in a topic, satisfying any questions I formulate. Finally, I use my creativity in English and Music when I write stories, compose music or play my viola.

In addition, the strengths I see the most in my friends are gratitude and hope. At the end of class, my friends thank the teacher for the lesson. My friends also show hope by always looking at the bright side of things.

Admittedly, the three strengths I would like to develop are social intelligence, prudence and perseverance. I will confess that I’m not that good at understanding social situations, and often misjudge them. Due to this, I also don’t really know what words might affect other people – positively or negatively – and thus, I need to work on my prudence. Finally, I need to work on my self-regulation. I need to work on this strength because, more often than not, I get overwhelmed by the many daily activities I have committed to and balancing it all gets me a little frazzled. If I can work on my self-regulation, I can overcome this obstacle and be happy with my performance in all endeavours.

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