Strengths and Virtues

We know that instilling and developing virtues in ourselves and in our children is one of the best ways for families to thrive. It brings joy and peace into the family and unites the family. The family unites to improve for each other, and this is what leads to happier and healthier lives. Cultivating virtues leads a child to develop confidence and a more meaningful life. It makes daily life much more pleasant for everyone, most especially parents! And, once cultivated, they last a child’s lifetime.

Virtues are often confused with values in part because people often associate virtues with being good in some capacityβ€”and the definition of good means different things to different people. Some define virtue as doing what’s best for yourself. Others think of it as being your best self.Then there are those who define virtues in the traditional context of being good not gossiping, not cheating, not stealing.

Here is a list of must have strengths and virtues :

  • Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence – Appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life.
  • Spirituality – Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose, the meaning of life and the meaning of the universe.
  • Gratitude – Being aware of and thankful of the good things that happen, taking time to express thanks.
  • Hope – Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it.
  • Humor – Liking to laugh and tease, bringing smiles to other people, seeing the light side.
  • Forgiveness & Mercy – Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting the shortcomings of others; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful.
  • Humility & Modesty – Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
  • Prudence – Being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
  • Self Regulation – Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined, controlling one’s appetites and emotions.
  • Citizenship – Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group.
  • Fairness – Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others.
  • Leadership – Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group.
  • Love – Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated.
  • Kindness – Doing favours and good deeds for others.
  • Social Intelligence – Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself.
  • Bravery – Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty or pain, acting on convictions even if unpopular.
  • Persistence – Finishing what one states; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles.
  • Integrity – Presenting oneself in a genuine way, taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions.
  • Vitality – Approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated.
  • Creativity – Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualise and to do things.
  • Curiosity – Taking an interest in ongoing experiences for its own sake; exploring and discovering.
  • Open-Mindedness – Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; weighing all evidence fairly.
  • Love of Learning – Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally.
  • Perspective – Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the works that makes sense to oneself and to others.

Which of them are strongest in you?

Reference : https://parents.wfu.edu/2015/08/which-character-trait-is-most-predictive-of-wellbeing/

28 Comments Add yours

  1. PRASHANT JAIN says:

    V nice pic

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    1. Garima says:

      πŸ‘πŸΌ

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  2. It would be great if everybody had a bit of all, right?! Lovely post!❀️

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    1. Garima says:

      Yea that would be the perfect recipe :):)

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  3. Discover yourself says:

    Gratitude, humour, forgiveness
    ….best wishes to you😊

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    1. Garima says:

      Those are some great virtues you have :):)
      Stay blessed.

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  4. kellyanngegg says:

    I like to think I have a pretty nice mix of all of these, or at least some of each! I definitely strive towards getting my kids to be this well-rounded too!

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    1. Garima says:

      Ah that is wonderful. Teaching children scripture at a young age will make it easier in your parenting and easier for them to learn and emulate the virtue you desire them to have evident in their lives.

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      1. Garima says:

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  5. C.J. Boock says:

    I was hoping for a longer list…

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    1. Garima says:

      πŸ™‚ Well yes the list is never ending. But this is a good start.

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  6. codyalancook says:

    Never thought about the term Prudence before. Very fitting for a what you’re talking about. Thanks for writing

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    1. Garima says:

      Although prudence itself does not perform any actions, and is concerned solely with knowledge, all virtues had to be regulated by it. Distinguishing when acts are courageous, as opposed to reckless or cowardly, is an act of prudence, and for this reason it is classified as a cardinal (pivotal) virtue.

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  7. Nida Khan says:

    Long list but very apt!πŸ’œ

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked it Nida. Even if we have few of them, it would be a good way to live.

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  8. joliesattic says:

    Yes! I believe those to be the greatest gifts any parent can give their child.

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes indeed. Our parents did a wonderful job with us too πŸ™‚

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  9. Lydia says:

    As the typical imperfect person, I recognize myself in a few of these categories, but definitely not most. I am fine with that because it means that I constantly strive to become a better person. Primarily, I chose love of learning, loving, creativity, gratitude, hope and curiosity.

    Regarding gratitude, I think that it also includes being grateful for both the good things that happen, as well as the not so good. While it is more of a challenge to be grateful for the bad things that happen in our lives, both make us who we are.

    Finally, I think that the list should include β€œempathy.” In my mind, the ability to be empathetic to others is emblematic of compassion.

    Blessings and thanks for this post, as it forced me to engage in thoughtful contemplation, in order to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses.

    Xo, Lydia

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes Lydia, we are beautiful how we are.

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  10. So many strengths and virtues here, I like that. They’re good fortunes to exhibit. I think the world needs them now more than ever, we just need to feel it and activate them. Good one!

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    1. Garima says:

      I am glad you liked the content.

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  11. Very nice post πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. Garima says:

      Glad you liked them.

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  12. Can I reblog it.πŸ™

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    1. Garima says:

      Yes please Prakash.

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      1. Thanks for re-blogging such a nice post.Thanks once again πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

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      2. Garima says:

        Thank you for the reblog.

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