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Strengths Spotlight #19: Perspective


Thanks for joining us for another spotlight on one of your 24 character strengths. We hope to provide a focus for you as you go through your day, and hope to support a specific strength ‘lens’ in your conversations and activities.


Being aware of, spotting and intentionally using character strengths supports wellbeing in individuals, and helps to build and deepen relationships.

Today’s spotlight is on Perspective. Below is a summary of key resources and ideas from the podcast.

PERSPECTIVE

  • Wisdom, practical intelligence.
  • Understanding multiple sides before making decisions and giving helpful advice to others.

Perspective is a strength which is closely related to other strengths of Wisdom, including Curiosity and Open-Mindedness. These strengths are about gaining and using knowledge to benefit our world.

What does a focus on Perspective look like in your world today? Can you ask the other members of your household to look out for and share examples of wisdom and perspective?

SOME SUGGESTED PERSPECTIVE ACTIVITIES

  • Encourage young people to consider the feelings of different characters in a story, and talk about why they might feel the way they do.
  • Draw a wise person and label them – think about how we know they’re wise and what their behaviours might be.
  • Play games like chess, where we need to anticipate the moves of other players, draw on our perspective.
  • Enjoy a conversation over the dinner table about how different people might perceive an issue.
  • Practice putting challenges into perspective, and think about the best- and worst-case scenarios.
  • Ask kids to think about people their own age who have wisdom and perspective, and how those people are valued in their peer group.
  • Talk to a wise person in your life about a challenge you have.
  • Consider how you are adding to your perspective and how this serves you and your community.

TRY THESE THREE THINGS

  1. Podcast
    The Astral Hustle
  2. Movie
    Sliding Doors (1998)
  3. Book
    The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

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