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Positive Psychology & Scripture Part VII – Bravery

BRAVERY [Valor] Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it SCRIPTURE 1 Chronicles 12:21 They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they…

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Postive Psychology & Scripture Part VI – Perspective

PERSPECTIVE [Wisdom] Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people SCRIPTURE Exodus 28:3 Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so…

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Positive Psychology & Scripture Part V: Love of Learning

LOVE OF LEARNING Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; obviously related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows. SCRIPTURE Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning…

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Positive Psychology & Scripture Part IV: Strength of Open Mindedness

OPEN-MINDEDNESS [Judgment, Critical Thinking] Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one’s mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly SCRIPTURE Luke 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. Acts 16:14 One of those listening was a woman from…

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Positive Psychology and Scripture Part III:  Strength of Curiosity

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CURIOSITY [Interest, Novelty-Seeking, Openness to Experience] Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering SCRIPTURE Romans 8:19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Romans 8:23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits…

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