I use Via Strengths as a tool to assess values based strengths. One thing I like about this protocol is it's scientifically measured, researched, and standardized. It has excellent resources and tools to support my work in developing client inherent strengths and values.
I've worked with a few clients recently who have kindness as their top strengths. Interestingly they had not considered or given it any thought as a strength. Without acknowledging or being aware of this as a strength, how could they value, celebrate, and honor who they are? The research states when you are in your highest values and strengths you will be your most fulfilled, satisfied, productive, motivated and happy. The obstacle is that when you are not consciously aware of your value-based strengths, you are at risk of adopting somebody else's values. If you are living in another person's values and strengths, it will be problematic for you in various ways, such as internal and external conflicts in your life.
Is kindness one of your strengths? Our world seems to be in short supply of it at the moment. The research points out, that while we all have the capacity to access each of the 24 character strengths, we each have a higher leaning towards specific strengths; they express themselves in a way that's uniquely specific to you. It could look like acts of compassion, service to others, care for animals, a caring spirit, self-sacrifice. The strength of kindness is a strength that often goes unrecognized. For those who haven't acknowledged this strength, take some time to celebrate and relish in it. Guard it against others who might take advantage of it. And above all honor it.
If you would like to learn more about how to make your values and strengths work for you consider calling me with your questions.