The VIA Institute of Character states your character strengths are the qualities that come most naturally to you. Using these qualities on a daily basis will significantly improve your life.
The quiz is free at viacharacter.org, but they do use your information to further their study.
My top 5 character strengths:
- Appreciation of Beauty & Exellence
- Love of Learning
And if you want to take this a step further, Yale University has a free course of their most popular class, “The Science of Happiness”. This quiz being one of the first things you do.
I just started the course this week and if you’re interested, you can find it at coursera.com.
One of my goals this year was to read 20 books. I’m behind, so I’m trying to play catch up. This was a perfect book to slam out. A couple in France decide to get a nanny, but choose the wrong one. They are amazed with her organization and “Mary Poppins” ways with the children. But the nanny has mental issues and kills the two children. This is not a plot giveaway since the book tells you this in the first chapter and then works its way backwards. Even without plot twists or whodunnits, I was intrigued throughout. I definitely recommend this book.
Side note: This book is fiction, but there was a similar true story of a nanny in New York, 2012 who gruesomely killed two children as the mother and third child were swimming at a local pool a few blocks away.
A story about the different lives of the people in a small Provence town. It jumps to a different person each chapter; however, the people do connect in some way to each other. I finished this book, but honestly I was bored.
For about a month in Mexico City, Jacaranda trees are in bloom and it’s happening now. Take a look.
This book turned out to be much more than I expected. Yes, it’s about the mental and physical, rollercoaster dieting that most women put themselves through. However, as the book progresses, it begins to go beyond dieting and moves more into “why are women obsessed with what is perceived as physical “perfection”. It’s a story of “Jennifer” revolting against sexism, the beauty industry and society’s view of women in general.
After reading this, I see that it’s been made into a tv series and is being compared to “Fight Club”. It also reminds me of “V is for Vendetta” as far as movies go. Regardless, it’s a great read especially now with the strength of women’s movements happening.
I found these adorable Alice in Paris videos on Youtube. There are 3 seasons and each video is less than 2 minutes long. (I wish they were longer). Below is the first video. See if you can’t stop watching them.
“Don’t build a wall around your own suffering or it may devour you from the inside.”