Character Strengths is associated with Psychological Well being Just as important , as the structure of character strengths , is their association with meaningful correlates. One of the most important of these is psychological well being , which consists of emotional responses (ie high levels of positive and low levels of negative affect ) judgment of overall life satisfaction(Diener ,2000) In adults , hope, zest , gratitude, love and curiosity have all been found to be robustly associated with life satisfaction ( Park , Peterson & Seligman , 2004; Peterson , Ruch , Beerman, park &Seligman , 2007, Shimai, Otake, Park, Peterson , Seligman , 2006) while intellectual strengths of creativity , judgment and love of learning show weak correlations with life satisfaction (Park, 2004b) Similar associations with happiness and life satisfaction have been found for youth with Park and Peterson (2006) also finding hope , love , gratitude and zest to be robustly linked with life satisfaction.
Hope and optimism have also shown to predict life satisfaction in adolescents with cognitive disabilities ( Shogren, Lopez,Wehmeyer, Little & Pressgrove, 2006) emphasizing the value in targeting these strengths in positive educational programs for youth. Strength of Prudence and teamwork appear to contribute more in life satisfaction for children and adolescents whereas curiosity and spirituality may contribute more to life satisfaction for adults than for children( Park , 2004b) It has been found that students academic achievement is influenced by a set of character strengths among middle school children , the character strengths of perservance , love , gratitude , hope and perspective predict academic achievement. Character strengths have also been found to positively relate to school based satisfaction in youth. A study by Weber &Ruch (2012) found that love of learning , zest, gratitude, perseverance and creativity were associated with school based satisfaction. More specially, hope, love of learning , perseverance and prudence were positively associated with academic self- efficacy , teamwork , self-regulation and perspective. Learning occurs not just within people but among them, and character strengths can facilitate the process. Taken together , these findings imply that the encouragement of particular character strengths would not only make young people happier , healthier and more socially connected but also help them do better and be more productive at school.