We take for granted that psychology can diagnose mental illness but what about “diagnosing” strengths? A group of psychologists undertook the project to do just that and the result was the VIA Inventory of Strengths Survey. The survey is the basis of copious amounts of sophisticated research aimed at better understanding job satisfaction, life satisfaction, and how the two can be brought closer together (Update: a basic report is free [screenshot here], but a complete report costs $20).

One of the research’s biggest findings is the simple conclusion that people who use their character strengths at work generally have greater job satisfaction than those who don’t. The survey is free and takes about 15 minutes to complete. You can complete it here.

Be on the lookout for opportunities where you can harness your strengths in any project or endeavor, even if it’s outside of your normal tasks. If you’re judicious about what you volunteer for and ensure it aligns well with your strengths, you’re likely to make a positive impression, thus setting you up for more opportunities to use your strengths in the future.

  • cloudface

    Damn-costs $20 for results :-/

  • David Lin

    I remember taking this 2 years ago. My top strength was Fairness but taking it today, my top strength is Bravey. Fairness is still in my top 5 though, so you don’t need to be worrying.

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