I chanced upon the study of Character Strengths while reading the news on Dr. Tal Ben Shahar, dubbed the “Happiness Professor”. Dr. Tal Ben Shahar became famous when he was teaching Positive Psychology in Harvard University where his class was the most popular class in the university.
I listened to his talks on youtube and later registered for his online course “Introduction to Positive Psychology” I found myself so intrigued by the subject and was determined to find out more. I started reading books by Tal Ben Shahar and, from him, obtained a few more recommended readings which led me to the book “Authentic Happiness” by Prof Martin Seligman.
It was in this book I first came into contact with Character Strengths and Virtues.
Useful links for you reference:
- Dr Tal Ben Shahar’s personal website www.talbenshahar.com (If you are looking to understand better on the subject matter HAPPINESS, I strong encourage you to register for his online course “Introduction to Positive Psychology“. For USD98.00 where you are given 5 lectures for a period of 45 days, it is definitely value for money.)
- The book “Authentic Happiness” http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Happiness-Psychology-Potential-Fulfillment/dp/0743222970