17 Strength-Finding Exercises

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Our personal strengths are our built-in capacities for particular ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. 

One of the key contributions of positive psychology is that it encourages individuals to reflect on, consider, and identify their core strengths to utilize them to lead a flourishing life.

We created this collection of 17 Strength Finding Exercises (PDF) for professionals to help others better understand and harness their strengths in life-enhancing ways.

$ 47

You will be equipped with the following tools:

  • A Family Tree of Strengths

    Help your client identify strengths, facilitate positive discussions, and enhance bonding within their family.

  • A Reflected Best Self Portrait

    Give your clients a better understanding of their strengths to see which of these strengths are broadly useful in many different settings.

  • A Strength-Based Resume

    Rather than selecting and applying for jobs based on previously acquired skills, this exercise allows clients to match jobs to their strengths.

  • Crafting Team Tasks Around Strengths

    Improve the performance of a team by allowing team members to use their strengths more effectively at work.

  • Daily Strengths Awareness

    Increase the client’s knowledge of his/her strengths by promoting daily introspection.

  • Find the Person Behind the Strengths

    Allow group members to look at other group members through the lens of strengths.

  • Inward and Outward Strength Expression

    Help people examine the extent to which they express a given social strength outward (to others) and inwardly (to themselves).

  • Personalizing Strengths

    Gain insight into the specific ways in which the strengths of your client are manifested in his/her life.

  • Strength Collisions

    Help clients identify a strength collision that is contributing to a current interpersonal problem and work towards resolving the problem.

  • Strength Journaling

    Help clients develop character strengths by acknowledging and celebrating their strengths via journaling.

  • Strengths in Significant Moments

    Increase awareness of personal strengths by analyzing crucial moments in life.

  • Strengths Interviewing Guidelines

    Guidelines to help the practitioner conduct a strengths interview more effectively.

  • Strengths Spotting in Groups

    Help participants practice listening for strengths and giving strength-based feedback.

  • The Freelancer Approach

    Help clients considering themselves from a perspective of autonomy to reveal insights about their work preferences.

  • The Strengths of Inspirational People

    Learn to look at others, especially those who are inspirational, through a lens of strengths.

  • VIA Signature Strengths Scoring Sheet

    Create a structured overview of the different sources of information that can be used to identify the strengths of a client.

  • Writing as a Metaphor for Strength and Weakness

    Introduce the concepts “strengths” and “weaknesses” in a practical way that allows discussion.

This pack contains the 17 highest rated strength finding tools that our practitioners use for their own development, in coaching, for teaching, or in a therapeutic setting. Each of the tools has been created in collaboration with universities and experts around the world. 

All of the tools are rooted in science, draw from the latest research and insights from the field of positive psychology, and include references, practical advice, and a detailed description of how to use them.

Download them today to become a strength-finding expert, better help others, and grow your practice.

*Please note that these tools are also included in our Positive Psychology Toolkit.

The following experts create our tools and resources:

  • Alicia Nortje


  • Anna K. Schaffner


  • Claire Vowell


  • Elaine Houston

    B.Sc. (Hons)

  • Gabriella Lancia


  • Heather S. Lonczak


  • Hugo Alberts


  • Jeffrey J. Gaines


  • Jeremy Sutton


  • Jessica Swainston


  • Joshua Bourne


  • Joshua Schultz


  • Lucinda Poole


  • Maike Neuhaus


  • Melissa Madeson


  • Nicole Celestine


  • Oliver Page


  • Tchiki Davis


Yes, of course! While these tools were designed with practitioners in mind, they are written in an accessible way so that anyone can benefit from them.

Upon purchase, you will receive access to a .zip file containing all the tools as PDFs. If you have any difficulty accessing the tools, please contact us at info@positivepsychology.com.

This can vary a lot from one exercise to another. As a general rule, most take around 30 minutes to complete but can take longer if more reflection is required. Some tools take place over a longer period of time, such as a week.

The tools can be adapted for the self, individuals, groups, teams, and different client populations. You are free to use your own experience and expertise to adapt the tools to your own particular scenario.

Yes, but in order to promote good practice, please note that you are advised to use the tools within the boundaries of your professional expertise. For instance, if you are a certified clinician, you are advised to use the training within clinical psychology. Likewise, a school teacher may use the tools in the classroom, but it would not be advisable to use them for clinical populations.

The exercises and interventions aren’t specifically designed for any particular age group, but you can adapt any of them so that they are suitable and age-appropriate.

The vast majority are, yes. Every tool has an icon that indicates whether it has been tested at least once in a scientific study and published in a peer-reviewed journal. We always include references and credits for each tool. The tool developers are academics with scientific and experiential backgrounds.

You’re free to download these tools in PDF format and print them for your personal or professional use, such as in a coaching or classroom setting. You’re not allowed to publish these tools publicly.

Within seven days of your purchase, if you decide that the tools aren’t for you, we’ll be happy to offer a refund.

Absolutely! Send Lucy, our Practitioner Success Manager an email at lucy@positivepsychology.com and she will gladly take care of you. Alternatively, you can call us on 1-424-272-1280 (our working hours are 9am-6pm EST, Monday - Friday). We look forward to hearing from you.


  1. Chad Spangler

    I think most of the exercises are great and have applications for a wide variety of people and circumstances.

    Chad Spangler Workplace Wellness Program Manager

  2. Clara Kennedy

    These tools are an invaluable resource. As a new coach, they have helped me shape my coaching process and given me more confidence.

    Clara Kennedy Career Development Coach

  3. Marina Rodríguez Conesa

    These tools have helped me a lot to inspire my daily job. You can use them as they are, or just the part that you think suits a single client best. They have also helped me to create further actions or interventions. It is completely worthwhile.

    Marina Rodríguez Conesa Psychologist

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