A FB friend recommended the Happiness Hypothesis to me the other day and I started reading it. I’ll post a review about it later (Tomorrow, probably) once I’ve finished reading it, but the author repeatedly references research being done at U Penn.

At the same time, I am starting to work with life coach, Kelsey Joy, this week on a 90-day program and one of the first exercises she had me do was to work through some questions that identify my strengths and interests so that I could create something of a personal mission statement or purpose statement.

I found the references and discussion in the Happiness Hypothesis to be really interesting, so I went over to www.authentichappiness.org and took their strengths quiz and this is what I got:

The ranking of the strengths reflects your overall ratings of yourself on the 24 strengths in the survey, how much of each strength you possess. Your top five are the ones to pay attention to and find ways to use more often.

Your Top Strength
Love of learning – You love learning new things, whether in a class or on your own. You have always loved school, reading, and museums-anywhere and everywhere there is an opportunity to learn.

Your Second Strength
Creativity, ingenuity, and originality – Thinking of new ways to do things is a crucial part of who you are. You are never content with doing something the conventional way if a better way is possible.

Strength #3
Honesty, authenticity, and genuineness – You are an honest person, not only by speaking the truth but by living your life in a genuine and authentic way. You are down to earth and without pretense; you are a “real” person.

Strength #4
Humor and playfulness – You like to laugh and tease. Bringing smiles to other people is important to you. You try to see the light side of all situations.

Strength #5
Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness – Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

Now, online quizzes aren’t the best psychological instruments, obviously, but I tried to approach the quiz with openness and honesty. And not only do these results reflect things I identified with my exercises with Kelsey, but they reflect feedback I received from several of my friends when I asked them to identify my top three strengths.

So, I’m really interested in seeing where things go with this program with Kelsey.

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