Appreciation Of Beauty And Excellence

If Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is your top strength you notice and appreciate beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in all domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.

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Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence falls under the virtue category of Transcendence. Transcendence describes strengths that provide a broad sense of connection to something higher in meaning and purpose than ourselves.

Key Concepts

There are three types of goodness for which individuals high in Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence are responsive to:

  • Physical beauty. This may be visual, auditory, tactile, or abstract. This type of goodness produces awe and wonder in the individual experiencing it.

  • Skill or talent (excellence). This is often energizing, and makes the individual want to pursue their own goals. It produces admiration.

  • Virtue or moral goodness (moral beauty). Virtual goodness makes the individual want to be better, more loving, and produces feelings of elevation.

Finding the Perfect, Peak Moment

Your Strength Motto

Find beauty in nature, art, ideas, and people

Exercises for Boosting this Strength

Keep a “beauty log.” When you believe you are seeing something beautiful- whether it is from nature, is human-made (e.g.,artwork), or is the virtuous behavior of others- write it down. Describe the beauty in a few sentences.

Get regular exposure to green space in your environment, especially if you live/work in an urban setting.


American Beauty
Midnight in Paris
Walking Life
Faraway, So Close!

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What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Beautiful Day – U2/Pickin on U2
Have You Ever – Brandi Carlisle
Blue Sky – Allman Brothers Band
Oh What A Beautiful Morning – Oklahoma
Take My Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Singing Bird – Sinead O’Connor

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