I’ve written about Positive Psychology a few times on Elephant Journal now and broadly, it’s about what Positive Psychologists call Human Flourishing.
It’s the science of happiness, well-being, and learning to live your best life by strengthening your character (which is what makes you the individual that you are—a unique combination of a variety of different character strengths), using a classification system called Values in Action.
It is a selection of 24 character strengths under the umbrellas of six virtues: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence (which, funny enough, sort of mirrors another interest of mine, the ancient philosophical practice of Stoicism, which also hinges on the virtues of wisdom, courage, justice, and temperance, in order be the best that you can in all areas of your life).
Recently, I watched a fantastic eight-minute film on YouTube called “The Science of Character,” as part of (another) course in Positive Psychology I am taking. It talked about the power of character strengths, and how thinking about what our individual strengths are can shape who we are and what we want to become—which is the best version of ourselves—in our full potential.
It actually brought tears to my eyes—it was that inspiring—but, as LeVar Burton used to say on “Reading Rainbow,” don’t take my word for it. Watch the video at the bottom of the page.
I would love to know what you think after you watch the video. How did it make you feel? Did you find it inspiring and motivating? Was your curiosity piqued? Do you want to learn more?