Welcome to the world of Character strengths. In this series of Blogs we are looking at each of the 24 VIA Character strengths and how you might apply them to a healthy lifestyle. If you would like to lean more about Mindfulness and Character Strengths, or you are interested in having us run a Mindfulness and Character Strengths course at your workplace or club then check out our MBSP page here. If you would like to take the free VIA survey for yourself and see which Strengths are your Signature Strengths then click, HERE, or on the link to the VIA survey at the bottom of this page.
In this blog we are looking at the Character Strengths of Creativity and Hope.
“There are two essential components to Creativity- originality and adaptiveness. A creative individual generates ideas or behaviours that are novel or unusual and these make a positive contribution to the individual’s life or the lives of others.” The VIA Institute 
Creative people are never stuck for ways to train, eat, shop or adapt. Your plan may be to hit the barbells followed by the rower but when you arrive there is nothing left but some dumbbells and some space on the floor. No problem for the creative person, they will create a new program; dumbbell presses, lunges, burpees, jumping jacks and crunches. Likewise in the kitchen, their conjuring powers will whip up a macro appropriate meal out of what is available. Creative people are the great problem solvers of the world. When faced with a barrier they don’t think, “Damn, now i cant do it,” they think, “Okay, so how do i work around this.” So here are my Health tips for the Creative person.
“Optimism is closely linked with having a particular explanatory style (how we explain the causes of bad events). People using an optimistic explanatory style interpret events as external, unstable and specific. Those using a pessimistic explanatory style interpret events as internal, stable and global. 
Hope is the power of self belief and optimism. Some one crashes into your car… well at least you get the chance to look at getting a new one. Can’t get that one food that is so crucial to your diet plan? Maybe a food you have never tried will be even better. Yes the training is hard and the diet can suck at times but success is out there just waiting for you to catch up with it. Failure is not written in the stars, success is, even if things are tough right now. It is hard to keep a person strong in Hope down for long. They are drawn to a future that is always brighter and this can keep them going when others tire and give up.