A few months ago, Weight Watchers did a “Get Happy” campaign. They suggested this survey from Via and I took it. I actually think the results are pretty accurate, though I was surprised at the first couple as my strongest traits. After about #7 I think it gets pretty murky, but I would agree that the last 4-5 could use some work.
- Love of learning
Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.
Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.
Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it.
- Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence
Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly.
Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes.
Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself/others.
Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing & caring are reciprocated; being close to people.
Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.
Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way; being without pretense; taking responsibility for one’s feelings and actions.
Finishing what one starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; “getting it out the door”; taking pleasure in completing tasks.
Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them.
Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.
Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what’s right even if there’s opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it.
Being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group; organizing group activities and seeing that they happen.
Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it; believing that a good future is something that can be brought about.
Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.
Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting others’ shortcomings; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful.
Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group; doing one’s share.
Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
- Social intelligence
Being aware of the motives/feelings of others and oneself; knowing what to do to fit into different social situations; knowing what makes other people tick.
Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one’s appetites and emotions.