Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman are the two researchers whom created the ‘Values in Action Inventory of Strengths’ (VIA-IS), which consists of 6 virtues and 24 character strengths.
If you take the survey it will provide you with your top 5 signature strengths, along with other strengths in order from strongest to weakest. The more you are able to use your strengths in daily life the more fulfilled and happy you will be.
The 5 strengths below are adapted from the survey and may not be your most valued characteristics, but I wanted to offer a general group that provides a good overall approach to thriving and flourishing in life.
Work to enhance these 5 traits and you will find more life-satisfaction.
Gratitude – Making it a habit to appreciate what you have has been shown to be a very effect way to increase life-satisfaction. One infamous exercise is to write a letter of gratitude to someone, and then deliver and read it to them personally.