Virtue of Wisdom and KnowledgeThis virtue is finding and using information to help promote a healthy life-your own and others. All the virtues are based on doing no harm to yourself and others. Wisdom and knowledge contains five character strengths: creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, love of learning, and perspective. To practice a virtue we need to express on a regular basis two or more of the related character strengths. Character strengths can be developed thru our consistent and conscious effort.
Love of Learning
This strength looks at enjoying the process of learning and the benefits that occur when we learn new ideas. Love of learning takes place across our lifespans. We interact with the world more effectively as we learn from our experiences. Trial and error learning is when we try something, see if it works or does not. We make changes. We modify and adapt what we learn to fit our lives. Learning can be gaining new ideas, learning skills, and building on existing knowledge and skills. According to Peterson and Seligman (2004), love of learning has not been studied as a character strength. It is considered tentative until further research is done.
As we pursue the love of learning, we enjoy learning for its own sake. We gain positive feelings. Love of learning can be frustrating as we struggle to apply new ideas or new skills. The Chinese have a phrase for love of learning that translates as our heart and mind want to learn. Learning is both an emotional and intellectual pursuit. Love of learning is demonstrated by institutions and practices, all types of schools, training programs, internships, mentoring, supervision, and being coached.Developing Love of Learning
Name one or two things you have recently learned. Talk to a friend and let her or him know what you have learned.Think of one thing you have wanted to learn and have not done. What is one small step you can take to learn in this area?
Reflect on how your life has improved because of what you have learned and applied.
Adapted from Peterson and Seligman (2004)