Character Strength of the Week
Week of September 27th
Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one’s favored beliefs, plans, or goals. Open-minded individuals are able to weigh all evidence fairly, when it is available. They see the other side and fight the tendency to have a bias for their own views. And, rather than favoring the socially dominant views, they give attention to those that are less dominant.
This character strength helps individuals build knowledge about specific issues or points of view—and provide sound recommendations and advice. Open-minded people do not jump to conclusions. Instead, they seek out and examine all of the available evidence before forming an opinion. Individuals with the character strength of open-mindedness are more likely to make accurate decisions—and decisions that they will not regret.
The Positivity Project (P2) is dedicated to empowering America’s youth to build positive relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Their vision is to help schools and families cultivate citizens and leaders who will enhance our communities and country. Positive psychology’s scientifically validated 24 character strengths serve as its foundation. Positive psychology teaches that people have all 24 strengths within them – and that character is not just skills or behaviors, but rather an intrinsic part of each of us.
Each week, students will receive lessons on a given character trait and then additionally will have those traits reinforced in school lessons and with school counseling lessons with the counselor.
For more information on how you can continue to develop your child's character at home and along with the work here we are doing at Saint Leo's, please be sure to utilize the P2 for Families resource: