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About This Lesson

Who do you admire most, and why? What we admire most in others – whether they're neighbors, leaders, or celebrities – is usually closely tied to their Signature Strengths. This printable worksheet reflection is the perfect way for students to reflect on who they look up to, how it positively impacts them, and how that person's strengths contribute to who they are. This is also a great activity to get families or colleagues to notice, describe, and appreciate Character Strengths in themselves and others. 

Here's what you'll get:

  • Printable worksheet
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Taking the VIA Character Strengths Survey, including modification and accommodation options for students with disabilities
  • Guidance on implementing Character Strengths & Strength Spotting in the classroom
  • Access to Strength Spotting lesson plans and a unit study

Why you'll love this activity:

*Focusing on what is right about ourselves and others tremendously impacts our wellbeing and community relationships and engagement.

* The activity is easy to print and customize in your classroom

* You can use this resource as part of a comprehensive, science-based unit study.

* The associated free unit study for Strength Spotting comes with activities, downloadable worksheets, and even IEP and BIP recommendations tailored specifically to students with autism.

Ways to Use

  • Incorporate into SEL curriculum
  • Integrate into small groups and/or individual counseling sessions
  • Families can use this at home, too!

What is Strength Spotting? 

Humans have a biological need to be seen and appreciated for who we are at our core — in other words, our Signature Strengths. Positive Psychology researchers Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson created the Values in Action Survey or The VIA. This 96-item VIA survey identifies your capacity to exhibit each of the 24 Character Strengths. These 24 strengths were identified as being valued by humans across many cultures and holding value throughout history. 

Strength Spotting builds on the skill of Character Strengths, moving you from simply becoming AWARE of your strengths to EXPLORING and APPLYING them more intentionally. Strength Spotting is the skill of noticing, describing, and appreciating the Character Strengths in yourself and those around you. This skill encourages you to see people as an orchestra of strengths by shining the light on what is best with the people around you and in your community. This practice not only benefits you — it also helps others, including students with autism, increase their capacity to put their strengths into action in beneficial ways. Let's shine a light on what is RIGHT with us and those around us so we might all flourish together.

The Science of Strength Spotting

The evidence is clear — knowing and using your strengths positively impacts your life. If you keep your strengths top of mind and live them each day, you're significantly more likely to thrive. People who know their strengths and utilize the practice of Strength Spotting experience:  

  • Enhanced overall wellbeing and life satisfaction
  • Greater happiness and less depression
  • Greater relationship satisfaction
  • Less stress and reduced anxiety
  • Higher levels of positive work experiences
  • Increased intrinsic motivation and engagement

Looking for more Strength Spotting resources? 

* Explore the free Strength Spotting Unit Studywhich comes with teaching slides, additional worksheets and activities, and even IEP and BIP recommendations tailored specifically to students with autism. 

Proof Positive's resources are and will always be free. Be well!

★Bonus access to full lesson plans and unit studies on the skills of happiness at our Skill Center




Activity, Worksheet
June 3, 2024
1.85 MB


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