Character Strengths

The Seven Character Strengths and Corresponding Behaviors


  • Finishes whatever s/he began

  • Sticks with a project or activity for more than a few weeks

  • Tries very hard even after experiencing failure

  • Stays committed to goals

  • Keeps working hard even when s/he felt like quitting



  • Actively participates

  • Shows enthusiasm

  • Approaches new situations with excitement and energy




  • Is eager to explore new things

  • Asks questions to help s/he learn better

  • Takes an active interest in learning


Self Control

School Work

  • Comes to class prepared

  • Remembers and follows directions

  • Gets to work right away instead of waiting until the last minute

  • Pays attention and resists distractions


  • Remains calm even when criticized or otherwise provoked

  • Allows others to speak without interrupting

  • Is polite to adults and peers

  • Keeps temper in check



  • Believes that effort will improve his/her future

  • When bad things happened, s/he thinks about things they could do to make it better next time

  • Stays motivated, even when things don’t go well

  • Believes that s/he could improve on things they aren’t good at



  • Recognizes what other people do for them

  • Shows appreciation for opportunities

  • Expresses appreciation by saying thank you

  • Does something nice for someone else as a way of saying thank you


Social Intelligence

  • Is able to find solutions during conflicts with others

  • Shows that s/he cares about the feelings of others

  • Adapts to different social situations