Week3_Reading_Character_ Strengths_and_Goal_Setting

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Character Strengths and Goal-Settin g, Ryan M. Niemiec Practitioners help clients set meaningful goals and use their strengths. Most practitioners know about the benefits of using signature strengths (those strengths that are energizing, feel authentic to use, are readily identified by others, and typically used across multiple settings). Research supports this (Rust et al., 2009; Seligman et al., 2005). Practitioners also know about the benefits of setting and pursuing goals, and making progress toward goals. Research supports this as well (Sheldon & Elliot, 1999; Sheldon & Houser-Marko, 2001). When we set a goal that is consistent with our values and interests, this is called having goals that are self-concordant. Research shows we experience greater happiness when we reach a self-concordant goal rather than when we reach a goal that is not consistent with who we are (Sheldon & Kasser, 1998). What is less known is how strengths, especially signature strengths, and goal-setting connect with one another. So, how do strengths work? What happens along the pathway between strengths use and feeling good? If we are likely to become happier when we use our signature strengths in new and unique
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2011 for the course HLTH 100 taught by Professor Jeleciamiller during the Fall '11 term at Emory.

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