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Examining the Strength of Zest

by | Mar 8, 2023 | Strengths

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Zest is one of the four character strengths that comprise the Virtue of Courage.

Courage describes strengths that help you exercise your will and face adversity.

What is zest? 

Zest means approaching a situation, or life in general, with excitement and energy, not approaching tasks or activities halfway or half-heartedly. 

People who are high in zest are excited to get up in the morning, and they live their lives like an adventure. Zest is a dynamic strength that is directly related to physical and psychological wellness. 

This strength has the strongest ties to overall life satisfaction and a life of engagement.

Why is zest of value?

  • Zest helps you feel alive in both body and mind.
  • Zest draws other people in, providing opportunities for developing fun and meaningful relationships.
  • Zest allows for a fuller expression of abilities, skills and talents.

A couple of questions to consider

  • What conditions (people, places or activities) bring out your zest?
  • How does the energy level of others influence the expression of your enthusiasm or zest and how does your energy level impact others?

Some things that you can do to practise zest

  • In one of your close relationships, spot a character strength in action and express enthusiasm and appreciation for that person’s strength.
  • Think of ways of making an assignment or task exciting and engaging before you undertake it. 
  • Name a positive character quality that you see in yourself and take a moment to savour it. Allow yourself to feel excited about how important this quality is to you. 

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If you are interested in exploring how the practice of Character Strengths might be of benefit to your business and culture, contact Peter Maguire on 0438 533 311 or at

Acknowledgement: the primary reference for this post is “The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate And Ignite Your Positive Personality” by Ryan M. Niemiec & Robert E. McGrath (An Official Guide From The VIA Institute on Character)



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