Power of Character

Power of Character

Priya, a girl living in Chennai stayed in the 2nd floor of her building. She loved to play with her dolls like if she was a doctor. Priya was eight years old, an incredible girl, very kind, patient, playful and loving.She studied at a well-known school in the city and travelled by school bus. Priya had lot of friends at school.

One day, miss Shanthi, her English teacher, asked priya and her classmates to write an essay on what they wanted to be when they grow up and why.

Priya got home from school, had some rice and started doing her homework. She told herself,” let me work on the essay that Shanthi Miss asked us to do.”

Priya, started working on the essay. She started fantasizing on the person she wanted to be. She said to herself, “what if I am a sweet seller? I love sweets! I can make some yummy sweets and sell!” And then she realized,” oh! But I have to go out in the sun and sell! It will be so tiring! I cannot be a sweet seller!”

Next she thought,” I can be a dancer! I will look so pretty! I will have so many fans! I will be asked to perform everywhere! And oh! My poor feet, they will be so tired! So, no! I cannot be a dancer.

She was so tired of thinking; she decided to go play with her dolls. She started playing her favourite doctor game. And there she had it! A doctor! She would love to be one!

The next day she told the teacher that she wanted to be a doctor because she liked healing people.

That was the start to priya’s journey. During her journey priya was supported by her mother who used to motivate and help her achieve her goals. 38 years later, today, Priya is a doctor. Extremely disciplined, studied very hard, got many congratulations, hugs and kisses from parents.

Before you smile and finish reading, let us rewind this story a bit!

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Priya decided she wanted to be a doctor.

The next day she told the teacher that she wanted to be a doctor because she liked healing people.

Today, 38 years later, Priya is working in a software company.

What happened to the dream of being a doctor? Did her ambition change? Well, how can we tell unless we have a good understanding of Priya?

Is it possible for teachers, parents to help children achieve their goals just as Priya did as a doctor? Is it possible to track this progress as a child right from the time they start school? What if, Priya lost track on her goal of being a doctor sometime that made her be software engineer today? Is it possible to track this change?

Yes! We at Report Bee bring to you the power of Character all the way from New York to help schools understand particular character strengths in children, work on them and help them flourish!

According to Dr Martin Seligman, who identified the various character strengths that can exist in children, he says character strengths can be taught to children and has identified 7 Particular strengths that can be taught right from school. These 7 Characters are:

  1. Grit – finishing what one starts; completing something despite obstacles; a combination of persistence and resilience.
  2. Optimism – being hopeful about future outcomes combined with the agency to shape that future.
  3. Self-control: regulating what one feels and does; being self-disciplined
  4. Gratitude: being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen
  5. Social intelligence: being aware of motives and feelings of other people and oneself
  6. Curiosity: taking an interest in experience for its own sake; finding things fascinating
  7. Zest – approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated

According to Dr Seligman, these 7 character strengths will help children have the perfect scenario to learn. Children will exhibit Positive emotions, Engage in activities well, have good Relationships, have a Meaning and purpose and get a sense of Accomplishment! (PERMA)

Hear Dr Martin Seligman talk about Character Strength and PERMA :

Priya, who became the doctor just the way she aspired, created and had a positive institution. It was a place that helped her identify, use and grow her characters strengths to flourish.

Positive institutions facilitate the development of individual character strengths which, in turn, facilitate positive subjective experiences which are essential for PERMA. Potential positive institutions are everywhere, schools, classrooms, community organization. Our job is to make these institutions positive.

We, at Report Bee, know that every school here is a potential positive institution. With a little help to each of you to help track the character strength, we will be able to accomplish the goals set by all the children.

Sign up here, to start tracking your students’ character strengths!