VIA Strengths Mural

Source: VIA Institute

When Michelle McQuaid was studying the Character Strengths for her Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology, she figured out a way for her young son to learn right along with her. She created a “Strengths Mural” for his bedroom, painting pictures for each of the 24 strengths on the wall. Each night before bed, they would choose a different strength to discuss. They would talk about what the strength meant to each of them. Then they would share stories of times they had used or seen someone else use the strengths and/or make up stories about a character with that strength. By creating a visual discussion starter, Michelle was able to teach her son about strengths – his own and those of others – and also improve her own understanding.

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