Find out your Strengths
My clients and I love looking at life through a strengths perspective. It’s useful to pay attention to the strengths that help you every day.
A focus on using strengths is so much more effective at drawing us into action than beating ourselves up is. Despite what your brain tells you, being mean to yourself is rarely motivating.
It’s super-easy to neglect a task and think “I’m so hopeless, I couldn’t even do that!” Inspecting the usefulness of that thought can be helpful. Noticing thoughts, defusing from them and letting go is hard at first, but gets easier with practice. Especially if you do some breathing exercises daily to practice focusing your attention.
Same thing goes for strengths-focused self-talk. It often doesn’t feel natural at first, especially if you’re used to looking at life through weakness-focused glasses.
Working on answering yourself back with a friendly, helpful, strengths-based voice gets easier with understanding and practice.
“I forgot that task, but I’m always really good at remembering to have my phone with me. I’m good at keeping track of physical objects. How can I use that strength to help me remember abstract stuff?”
Understanding your strengths can help you focus on your goals, use your energy efficiently, get along with others better and procrastinate less.
It’s a great free tool for ranking your character strengths. You’ll be taken to a registration page to fill in a little information and then you can complete the VIA Survey.
Once you’re done you’ll see your character strengths ranked.
Then you can call and book an appointment to get a detailed report and some help implementing a new lens on life.
If you’re doing this for a workshop, please print your strengths ranking out and bring it along.
Quality of Life
Would you like to check your quality of life? Get a sense of how life is for you across your mental health, relationships, self-worth, happiness, coping, pain, your senses, and your independence by taking the Assessment of Quality of Life AQoL-8D.
There’s a question early on that asks for an ID. If I asked you to complete this, or if you’d like me to contact you after you do the survey, please enter your email address in that field.
If you just want to check your wellbeing and leave no details, that’s fine, just enter ‘none’ in the ID field.
Your privacy is guaranteed. If you choose to input an email address as an ID code it will be stored on my secure server.
You can privately email yourself a copy of the results once the report has been generated – but no emails are ever collected or saved from the report page.
There’s about 40 multiple choice questions and it takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. Your de-identified answers may be used for future research purposes because tracking outcomes is an important part of good clinical practice.
If you consent, please go ahead and take the survey.
Finally, here’s some more wellbeing assessments from the positive psychology team at UPenn.