I wonder how your year is going so far? Are you one of those people who approach life full on, with lots of energy and feel fully alive? If so, you will probably find you score highly on the character strength of Zest or Vitality. So what is Zest?
Zest is one of the 24 identified character strengths. Character strengths or virtues exist across all cultures. These character strengths tend to be what we use when we are feeling most connected with ourselves and the world around us.
If you are full of zest or vitality you will be enthusiastic and throw yourself into life. High levels of zest are associated with increased life satisfaction. Zest helps us overcome fear.
Although Zest may not come naturally to you, like any character strength it can be improved, and given the high association between this and life satisfaction it is worth working on. Somethings that can enhance Zest include social contact, physical exercise and doing new things.
Just as well you can work on these things, because when I recently redid the VIA strength survey Zest was not one of my high ranked strengths,
....In fact it was my lowest strength...
On the plus side my top three strengths are Perspective, Judgement, and Curiosity, which is probably a good fit for a psychologist.
Are you interested in finding out more about your strengths, and in working with them to be happier?
One of the ways to do this is through identifying your existing strengths. I have added a link to the VIA survey on character strengths to my website, but I have reproduced it below here for convenience. There is a youth one and an adult one.
I wonder what your top strength is? Feel free to share it below.
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* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.