Courage: Speak Up, Speak Out

Courage is love as action—love on her silver steed, forcing change in the world, confronting others with care and wisdom. Courage draws on hardiness, resilience, and the ability to commit to a cause—all qualities associated with mental health. To love anyone at all is a risk that requires courage. Whether you want to change the world or just speak out in your own relationships about what you need, courage can enliven your life. Answer these twenty questions to find out about your own capacity for courage.

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A Bit About This Quiz

The quiz you are about to take is adapted from The Love and Longevity scale, which was created and tested by Dr. Stephen Post and colleagues of his at the University of Miami. It allows you to self-rate ten different giving behaviors. Score yourself now, and then again as you change and grow in your ways of giving. Please try to click the one option that best reflects your opinion about whether or not each statement below describes you or experiences that you have had. There are no correct answers, so please respond as honestly as possible to each one.  To learn more about weaving generous behavior into your own life and becoming a happier, healthier person, buy the book HERE.

1. When my loved ones are doing something harmful or destructive, I encourage them to correct it.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

2. I am willing to confront my family members when they do something that is harmful to others.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

3. When you see a family member doing something that's harmful to others, it's important to raise the issue.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

4. I'm too timid to confront my loved ones when their behavior is hurting themselves or another person.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

5. I have given up trying to make my loved ones treat themselves and others with respect.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

6. When my friends are doing something harmful or destructive, I encourage them to correct it.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

7. I am willing to confront a friend when I think he or she is mistreating others.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

8. It is pointless to confront friends who are doing things that are hurtful or destructive.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

9. I'm too timid to confront my friends when their behavior is hurting themselves or another person.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

10. I may be too accepting when my friends are engaging in unacceptable or destructive behavior.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

11. I have occasionally spoken to a neighbor or coworker when I thought he or she was behaving wrongly.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

12. I have attended meetings at my place of work or in my community to speak out against unfair policies.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

13. I am willing to take personal risks in my neighborhood or place of work to ensure that everyone is treated fairly.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

14. I mind my own business in my neighborhood and community, even when someone is behaving badly.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

15. I'm not the sort of person to attend a meeting to protest an unfair policy.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

16. I have supported social organizations that are devoted to correcting injustices in the world.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

17. I willingly get involved in causes to make the world a better place, even when it involves some risk to me.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

18. I have spoken out publicly (through protests, petitions, or direct action) against unfair practices in the world.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

19. The truth is that I'm probably a bit too timid to try to "change the world."

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree  

20. I'm too involved in my life to risk making the world a better place.

Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Slightly Disagree   Slightly Agree   Agree   Strongly Agree