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Strengths Spotlight #2: Prudence

  

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 PrudenceBelow is a summary of key resources and ideas included.

PRUDENCE

Caution, conscientiousness, being careful.

  • Being thoughtful about the short- and long-term impact of your actions and words.
  • Being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.

Prudence is a strength which is closely linked to other strengths of Temperance, along with Modesty, Self-Control and Forgiveness. These are strengths that help you manage your habits and protect against excess - sometimes we call these strengths of Balance, or Patience.

What does a focus on Prudence and caution look like in your world today? Can you ask the other members of your household to look out for, share and celebrate examples of wise and cautious behaviour?

SOME SUGGESTED PRUDENCE ACTIVITIES

  • Create a plan for the day with a child, ask them to write down all the things they want to do and put them in order.
  • Enjoy an activity that will take a long time, like a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Start something for the future, like planting a garden.
  • Encourage young people to clean their bedrooms!
  • With older kids, help them or ask them to set a goal for one month or three months from now for school. What do they hope to achieve, and how can they work towards it?
  • Set a fun goal – what’s something creative or enjoyable you could work towards?
  • Notice (and celebrate!) when you act with prudence or caution.
  • Practice restraint when something pushes your buttons.

TRY THESE THREE THINGS

  1. Activity
    Check out marble tracks on instagram or the eden project
  2. Book
    Your Best Year Ever : A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals, Michael Hyatt
  3. App
    How to be prudent in your home: try the Climate Clever app and engage the family

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