Meaningful Life: One Way To Develop Character

David Brooks has contributed a useful distinction to the discussion on human virtue. He says that there are resume virtues and eulogy virtues. Resume virtues are skills like designing web sites, flying an airplane, or public speaking. Eulogy virtues are the kinds of characteristics that we talk about at funerals. He was caring, kind, curious, and persistent. Eulogy virtues are the things that we admire in others.

Challenge yourself to spend time developing your character or eulogy virtues in 2017. There is a great tool to get you started. Go to and take the free assessment. You will learn which virtues come most naturally to you. Then, intentionally (with awareness) practice one virtue for 24 hours and see what happens. Research shows that spending time practicing your top character virtues will make you a happier person.

Onward toward a more meaningful life!