The Virtue of the Week: Enthusiasm

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Enthusiasm is being filled with spirit. It means “God within”. When we live with enthusiasm, we are excited about life and are open to the wonders each day holds. We do things wholeheartedly, with zeal and eagerness, holding nothing back. We allow the excitement of the moment to fill us. We enjoy good humor. We live in the moment and appreciate what we have, finding joy in simple pleasures. We are cheerful and optimistic about what is to come. Enthusiasm helps us to imagine what is possible. We follow our dreams with true joy.

Quote: And whatsoever you do, do it heartily. — Colossians 3:23

 The Practice of Enthusiasm

I am excited about my life.

I do things wholeheartedly.

I am inspired by simple things.

I put love and joy into what I do.

I smile, laugh and have a good sense of humor.

I have a positive spirit.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Questions for Discussion

  • What do we need to approach our social justice work wholeheartedly?
  • How can appreciating the gifts in our community support our social justice work?
  • What is possible in our community in terms of social justice?
  • What do we need to honor enthusiasm in our community?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit