In the latest episode of The KnowNothing Podcast I talked with Zac Rhodenizer about positive psychology. To date, I don't think that there has been an episode of the podcast that has stuck with me more than this one did. If you haven't given it a listen yet, I would really encourage you to do it. Some of the information that Zac shared with me in that episode, has changed the way I look at the world.
One of those things that we talked about were signature strengths, After a test to evaluate my strengths, I learned that my greatest strength is zest. This was pretty confusing to me at first but after giving it a lot of thought, I have realized that zest really has been a driving force to a lot of the things that I have done in my life. I have always had the desire to put myself out into the world and create. I've always been fascinated by experiencing new things and challenging myself to do things that I didn't always think were possible.
When I was in the 7th grade, my middle school decided that they were going to hold a lip syncing competition. The act that was judged to be the best lip sync act would be given $100. I wanted that $100. I knew that I could come up with something that would win it for me and I was excited by the prospect of performing. So while everyone else was making groups and learning the lyrics of Summer of 69 but Bryan Adams (That was an actual song that was performed. Every time I hear it, I can see 13 year olds dancing in my head.) I was devising a plan to do a Frank Sinatra song and talk home all of the money. Needless it say, I killed it, won the money and disproved my Mom wrong, who while she was supportive had to sit me down to tell me that there was a possibility that I wouldn't win.
Flash forward and this past week I have been thinking about my zest and trying to find ways that I could use my love of learning. I haven't quite mastered applying my strength to every day activities to make them more meaningful to me, but I am working on it and in the process I am starting be more engaged on a regular basis. I hope that you give this episode a listen. It has really given me a lot of food for thought and I am sure that it can inspire you to be happier. Make sure you go and show Zac some love on his blog. He is so passionate about this topic. I love that about this episode. You can really feel that passion and drive.
Let us know what you thought about this episode. What are your strengths and what activities give you the most engagement?