Evidence That It Works
Research suggests that certain character strengths that connect us to others, such as gratitude, also encourage us to serve the greater good.
Why Does It Matter?
Studies have found that adolescents who are passionate about helping people in their neighborhoods and community are less depressed and less likely to engage in antisocial behavior. In addition, they tend to do better in school, are more satisfied with life, and show greater levels of self-esteem, hope, and happiness.
Thus, helping teens to identify their strengths and then encouraging them to use those strengths to make the world a better place yields benefits on many levels, including personal and in the wider world.