What Are Your Top 5 Character Strengths?

I’m listening to the audio book, The Happiness Advantage, and the book mentioned an online survey. Thankfully, it is a recently published book so the website referenced is still up and running.

It’s not like it was published 15 years ago and the website was hosted by Geocities.


I went online the other day to check it out and surfed on over to The VIA Survey of Character. I now had a couple hundred questions between me and knowing my personal character strengths.

Oh man. I couldn’t wait to find out and tried to rush through the questions. But it made me think. And took 30 minutes. Good thing I have staying power.

Oh wait. No I don’t. Several of the questions addressed my staying power, asking me whether I always finished projects that I started. I don’t. I’m an ABANDONER. I have curtains that are still folded up in their plastic packaging in the hall closet. They’ve been gathering dust since I moved in over three years ago. Don’t even ask me about the mail stashed in random piles in random places that needs to be filed. Thankfully, being an abandoner is a weakness, not strength so this survey wasn’t going to tell me what I already knew.

Continuing on…

Let me share with you the REASON that I wanted to know my 5 greatest strengths. It wasn’t just so I could blog about something or so that I could go around telling people about my greatness.

It’s simply this: HAPPINESS.

In The Happiness Advantage, Achor, the author, said that people were happier that did SOMETHING each day that related to one of their top 5 strengths. (Sorry, that sentence had excessive that’s.)  Or in the words of the website: “Intentionally expressing signature strengths in our close relationships, work, and communities can be deeply satisfying. It is: ‘living out loud.’”

It’s good to be happy.

Here are my top 5:

  1. Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
  2. Capacity to love and be loved
  3. Curiosity and interest in the world
  4. Gratitude
  5. Leadership

What are your top 5?



  1. You asked….

    1. Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
    2. Curiosity and interest in the world
    3. Gratitude
    4. Humor and playfulness
    5. Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness

    I like being happy too!


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