by Dr. Jillian Coppley, President and CEO of Mayerson Academy
Unprecedented. Destabilizing. Cataclysmic. These words fill current headlines and envelop us with anxiety, fear, and sadness. To counterbalance these debilitating emotions, it is empowering to recall the many times individually and collectively, we have previously been significantly tested and emerged successful on the other side.
In the midst of our biggest challenges, it is not uncommon to find rich blessings. This moment is no different. Alongside the troubling headline of the day, we are also shown stories of the bravery, kindness and love evidenced by medical professionals, first responders and many others.
I am appreciative of the generosity of so many positive psychology experts who have offered tools and resources to support well-being during this crisis moment. These general reminders of good practices are useful anytime but are especially important now.
The same can be said of being aware of and activating our signature character strengths. We know that activating the best within us enriches every aspect of our lives in more typical times. In challenging times, our strengths are even more important. Our signature strengths might even suggest a highly effective and personalized approach to our individual well-being. What would work best for you?
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The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center is the first museum to incorporate character strengths, inspiring visitors to contribute to their communities. Take the character strengths survey to identify your top strengths, and visit HHC’s Humanity Gallery when the museum re-opens to consider how your character strengths can be leveraged to make a difference.
For more information about character strengths, please contact HHC’s Director of Education and Engagement, Jodi Elowitz, at [email protected].