Honesty

“I always tell the truth and show how I feel”

Honesty is not just about telling the truth, it’s about living your life in a genuine and authentic way. It’s about being down to earth and without pretense. Being honest also means being ethical and acting with integrity.

“The Empty Pot” by Demi

http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths/Honesty

 

Self-Control

Self Control is an important strength and we revisit it every term.

It means being able to control our emotions, thoughts and actions. It means thinking carefully about how we behave.

At school, demonstrating self-control could involve:
– Coming to class with everything needed to get to work rather than being
unprepared
– Remembering and following directions rather than needing to be reminded
– Getting to work right away rather than procrastinating
– Paying attention rather than getting distracted

Interpersonally, demonstrating self-control could involve:
– Allowing others to speak rather than interrupting
– Being polite to all, even when stressed or angry
-Not losing your temper
– Remaining calm, even when criticised or otherwise provoked,
rather than losing your temper

 

Courage

Courage means:

“I am brave and I do the right thing even when I feel scared”.  

If Bravery/courage is your top strength, you are a courageous person who does not shrink away from threat, challenge, difficulty or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

Key Concepts

There are three types of bravery (an individual may possess one of these or a combination):

  • Physical bravery (e.g., firefighters, police officers, soldiers)
  • Psychological bravery (e.g., facing painful aspects of oneself)
  • Moral bravery (e.g., speaking up for what’s right, even if it’s an unfavourable opinion to a group) i.e. being a positive bystander

My favourite….

 

Kid President on heroes – it takes courage to be a hero!