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What Are Canada’s Top Character Strengths?

April 4, 2018


Learn about the practice of character strengths and the benefits of applying this new science in your relationships, personal development, and your work.

During an interview with the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) about my upcoming appearance at the 4th Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology, the topic of Canada’s top strengths came up. If you are a positive psychology enthusiast, teacher or practitioner you’ve probably heard about character strengths — those qualities that are most central to your identity. But, broaden that to the country: can you guess what Canada’s are?

First let me say I am passionate about the work that has and is being done around character strengths and their ability to improve our lives. In my work, I try to take the 24 character strengths outlined by the VIA Institute on Character, the non-profit organization where I am Education Director, and distill them into practical nuggets for practitioners, business people, coaches and psychologists. I really feel that working with strengths is a calling for me.

With over 6 million people taking the free VIA Survey of character strengths across the globe, there is not only interest but demand by consumers and practitioners to learn more about the practice of character strengths.

When I was thinking about my upcoming trip to Canada for the CPPA conference, and what I was looking forward to about the visit, it led me to thinking about Canada’s strengths.

Of the strengths that come up highest on average among Canadian survey respondents, the top five are:

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  1. Kindness — being caring, thoughtful, generous, and compassionate with others
  2. Fairness — striving to treat all people equally and justly
  3. Judgment — examining issues from all sides, using logic and critical thinking
  4. Honesty — being truthful, genuine, and authentic with others
  5. Curiosity — being open and interested in exploring new things, people, and places

These top five are a wonderful blend of heart strengths and head strengths that you can recognize and appreciate among your fellow Canadians. In fact, I can see this represented whenever I visit Canada and even when I meet Canadians outside of their country.

I’m excited about my upcoming keynote address at the 4th Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology where I plan to highlight some of the “greatest hits” in strengths psychology which will include brand new findings from 2018, as well as seminal findings from the science of character, which is often referred to as “the backbone of positive psychology. Examples include the latest research on character strengths and mindfulness; strengths appreciation among couples; signature strengths application; character strengths overuse, underuse, and optimal-use. Whether I’m offering a keynote or a workshop, I always try to emphasize the practical application of the findings. I believe you’ll find benefit in applying this new science in your relationships, personal development, and your work.

These types of conferences are an important venue for practitioners and researchers alike to get together and share the latest developments and get inspired. By attending, you can learn more about researched-based positive psychology and about how applying this knowledge can energize, inspire and empower you and your work environment toward personal and professional well-being.

See more info on Dr. Niemiec: http://cppa.ca/ccpp-speaker-bio

See more info on the CPPA Conference: http://bit.ly/2EiXLAE

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D.
Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. Ryan is author of several books including Character Strengths Interventions; Mindfulness and Character Strengths; Movies and Mental Illness; and Positive Psychology at the Movies. Ryan is education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, non-profit organization that advances the latest science and practical applications of character strengths.

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