Strengths Spotlight #5: Bravery


Thanks for joining us for another spotlight on a strength. 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 Bravery. Below is a summary of key resources and ideas included.


  • Doing the right thing even when it is hard or you’re afraid.

Bravery is a strength which is grouped with other strengths of Courage, like with Zest, Honesty and Hope. These are all positive human traits involved in accomplishing goals in the face of fear or opposition.

What does a focus on Bravery look like in your world today? Can you ask the other members of your household to look out for and moments or examples of bravery, whether physical, moral or psychological?


  • Ask younger children if they can describe someone who has stood up for what is right.
  • Is there a time they have been very brave that they could remember, or tell you about?
  • Could they write a story about a brave person, and what they did that made them brave?
  • Teenagers might describe someone their age who has acted bravely, and done the right thing. 
  • Interview an older person, maybe a grandparent, about what they think bravery is, and when in their lives they feel they’ve been most brave. 
  • Make a playlist of songs that help you feel brave.
  • Can you reflect on what, recently, has required the most bravery for you?


  1. Photo Journalism
    Strong is the New Pretty and The Heart of a Boy by Kate T. Parker
  2. Book
    Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, Brene Brown
  3. Book
    The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, Pema Chodron

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