The 24 strengths: timeline

January & February: Wisdom and Knowledge (strengths that involve the acquisition and use of knowledge)

  • Creativity (originality, ingenuity): Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things.
  • Curiosity (interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience): Taking an interest in ongoing experience s afor its own sake; exploring and discovering
  • Open-mindedness (judgment, critical thinking): Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; weighing all evidence fairly.
  • Love of learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally.
  • Perspective (wisdom): Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people


March & April: Courage (strengths that allow one to accomplish goals in the face of opposition)

  • Bravery (valor): Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; acting on convictions even if unpopular.
  • Persistence (perseverance, industriousness): Finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles.
  • Integrity (authenticity, honesty): Presenting oneself in a genuine way; taking responsibility for one’s feeling and actions
  • Vitality (zest, enthusiasm, vigor, energy): Approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated


May & June: Humanity (strengths of tending and befriending others)

  • Love: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated.
  • Kindness (generosity, nurturance, care, compassion, altruistic love, “niceness”): Doing favors and good deeds for others.
  • Social intelligence (emotional intelligence, personal intelligence): Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself.


July & August: Justice (strengths that build healthy community)

  • Citizenship (social responsibility, loyalty, teamwork): Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group.
  • Fairness: Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others.
  • Leadership: Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same maintain time good relations within the group.


September & October: Temperance (strengths that protect against excess)

  • Forgiveness and mercy: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting the shortcomings of others; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful
  • Humility / Modesty: Letting one’s accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
  • Prudence: Being careful about one’s choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
  • Self-regulation (self-control): Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one’s appetites and emotions.


November & December: Transcendence (strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning)

  • Appreciation of beauty and excellence (awe, wonder, elevation): Appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life.
  • Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful of the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
  • Hope (optimism, future-mindedness, future orientation): Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it.
  • Humor (playfulness): Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side.
  • Spirituality (religiousness, faith, purpose): Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose, the meaning of life, and the meaning of the universe.

4 thoughts on “The 24 strengths: timeline

  1. Pingback: Day 0: Starting tomorrow, I’ll be wise | On Old Age

  2. Thank you so much for deciding to follow “The Getting Old Blog.” From my point of view, turning forty is certainly not the threshold of “old age.” I also see that you’ve outlined quite a challenging program for your next forty years. My best wishes for your progress towards your goals. I shall be very interested in monitoring your progress! 🙂

    • Thank you! No, 40 isn’t the threshold to old age, but it’s the threshold from young age… I hope I will have something to share with you every day this year.

  3. Pingback: Month 2: From wisdom to courage | On Old Age

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s