“… Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new centre of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand… ” Oprah Winfrey

This week’s #WellnessWednesday message comes from our College Head, Dr Colleen Vassiliou. 

We can all agree that we are living in a very different world to a few months ago, and we have all experienced tough times throughout this period. 

We need to remember that our character strengths can help us during tough times.

Most of our pupils and staff at Kingswood College have taken the VIA Strengths Assessment which helps one to understand your top character strengths and how to use them in your daily life. 

Harnessing and employing our character strengths can help us to:

  • Improve relationships;
  • Enhance overall wellbeing;
  • Build resilience; and
  • Strengthen our ability to overcome problems.

When we looked at and evaluated the most common traits that came from the VIA survey amongst our Kingswood family we found that ‘gratitude and kindness’ was two of our strengths. 

As a school, we place great emphasis on Character Education and we wish to give attention to growing our 24 character strengths and valuing our collective resilience as a school

During these uncertain times we are looking toward finding internal strength. 

Today I wish to challenge you to complete the strengths assessment. Click on the link below: https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register

Find out what your top strengths are, and begin to use them daily to brighten the corner where you are, not only for yourself and your loved ones but for the broader community around you. 

You can bring light and life if you know where your reserves lay.

Imagine a world where we knew and used our strengths daily.

In the words of Dr. Ryan Niemiec, “Character strengths serve as those crucial influencers that help us embrace the positive, endure the mundane, and navigate and manage the struggles.”

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