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.
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.
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.
Midnight in Paris
Faraway, So Close!
Movies are an art-form highly suited for inspiring character strengths and helping in the discovery, understanding and exploration of these positive aspects in human beings. Ryan Niemiec (VIA's education director) and Danny Wedding explore 1,500 examples in their book Positive Psychology at the Movies, 2nd edition (2014). They explain that the best positive psychology movies meet the following criteria:
- Strong portrayal of a character's signature strengths which are critical to the character's identity;
- Depicts conflict/obstacles that challenge the character;
- The character uses strengths to overcome the adversity;
- The film's overall presentation is uplifting or speaks deeply to the human condition.
- The film holds great potential to generate cinematic elevation (i.e., it causes people to feel motivated to do good and increases their altruism) or cinematic admiration (i.e., it causes people to want to improve themselves and copy the model).
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