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What are Your Strengths?

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Posted July 10, 2017

Guest Blogger: Rachael Todd

Miss United States 2017
Certified Health Coach and Yoga Instructor, Certified in Positive Psychology

What are your strengths? Can you actually name them?

The latest neuroscientific studies show that we have the ability to change and grow our brain even as an adult! This has fascinating implications for our wellbeing and other areas of Positive Psychology.

Let’s talk character; specifically, the characteristics that define what’s best about people. Wouldn’t you say that you’re looking for someone’s strengths when you describe their character?

To learn about our strengths, what they mean, and how they can be applied has various benefits.

One of them being, when we know our strengths, when we review them and hear them reflected back to us, we can live into those strengths. As human beings, when we know the expectations that are placed upon us, we work hard to live up to those expectations.

Second, when we are aware of the strengths of others, and they are aware of ours, we are able to work together in a more harmonious way. Relationships are strengthened at home, work, and in the community.

The strengths test that I utilize in my work as a health and wellness coach is The VIA Strengths Test.

From VIA’s website:

The VIA Institute on Character is a non-profit organization, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, dedicated to bringing the science of character strengths to the world through supporting research, creating and validating surveys of character, and developing practical tools for individuals and practitioners.

The VIA Survey is a psychometrically validated personality test that measures an individual’s character strengths. Character strengths are viewed as our positive personality in that they are our core capacities for thinking, feeling, and behaving in ways that can bring benefit to us and others.

What others are saying about VIA Strengths:

“Peterson and Seligman’s endeavor to focus on human strengths and virtues is one of the most important initiatives in psychology of the past half century.”

– Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Education and Cognition, Harvard Graduate School of Education

To take your FREE VIA test visit www.VIAcharacter.org

Next month I’ll be discussing real, hands-on ways to apply your strengths in the workplace and in your relationships!


About Rachael:

Rachael Todd, Miss United States 2017,  joined the Planet Beach family as a Cover Model in 2015 and is our original HOTWORX Virtual Instructor. Ms. Todd has successfully made a career for herself as a full time runway, advertising, and fitness model, as well as a corporate spokesperson for companies like Lexus, Disney, Samsung, Nike, and Loreal. She is also a certified health coach and yoga instructor, and appreciates the opportunity to help others increase their wellbeing, resilience, optimism, and motivation through Positive Psychology.

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