If there is one thing we could all be taught more of at school, it’s how to recognise our own unique strengths.

According to a report published in The New Scientist, when we feel strong in an area of life our status sonar goes off and we feel good.

Our status sonar isn’t really a conscious process and for many people, their status sonar isn’t that accurate and they wildly inflate their spot in the pecking order. On the other hand, some people are status minimisers. For example, they don’t apply for jobs that they could easily excel in.

According to the report, the most successful people in the world are mildly delusional status inflators. They maximise their strengths and decide their weaknesses aren’t that important anyway. 

Men are big status inflators (Furnham, University College London, sorry chaps.)   Women, on the other hand, underestimate their intelligence by an average of 5 IQ points. 

So what can we do about this?

Martin Seligman, pioneer and Penn University professor explains that there are 5 keys to Happiness. One of which is regular engaging work which makes use of our strengths. He offers his students the opportunity to take his famous strengths tests. 


  • Caring
  • Loyal
  • Diligent
  • Trusting
  • Creative
  • Faithful
  • Ambition
  • Logical
  • Analytical
  • Sociable
  • Organised
  • Or others

Whatever you are, never underestimate how much using your strengths regularly can boost your mood. It is all about being valued, appreciating who you are and the unique talents you are here to share with the world.

Key Takeaways

  1. Identify one key strength of yours, and use it in a new way each day for the next week.
  2. Identify 2 people you look up to who have these traits also
  3. Use these strengths to overcome challenges that can be solved during your week.
  4. Keep in light-hearted, have fun


Health & Happiness

Emma Mills



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