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What Are Good Characteristics to Have?

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What are good characteristics to have? We all know there’s no perfect person out there, but what qualities should we strive for when attaining the good characteristics of a person?

So what makes a good person?

Being kind, compassionate, understanding, and patient are all characteristics that make you a good person. These are traits that are often seen in people who have strong morals and values.

But there is more to being a good person than just these good qualities. 

What Are Good Characteristics?

Characteristics are the specific qualities or attributes of something that make it different from other things. 

For example, if you want to be successful as an employee or student, you should have all the characteristics that will help you succeed. Similarly, if you want to be a good mother, you should strive to obtain the characteristics of a good mom.

Whether you’re a man or woman, positive qualities and personality traits will help you to be a happier, better person. 

These qualities will help you become a better parent (and child), employee, friend, and husband or wife. 

Characteristics matter because they provide a way to see the world in different ways. It is important that we have a variety of perspectives because it provides a healthier society.

If you want to be successful, you should have all the characteristics that will help you succeed. Similarly, if you want to be a better parent, you should strive to develop the traits of a successful parent.

Characteristics are not permanent. You can work to improve them, and there are courses and journals that will help you take an introspective review of your current situation, as well as develop your goals and further your personal growth.

The Deliberate Mom Reflective Journal and Parenting Workbook are great resources to help you take an introspective look at yourself and decide what kind of person you want to be.

What are the Positive Character Traits That Define a Good Personality?

In general, people who possess the following traits are considered “good:”

  • Love for themselves and other people
  • Honesty and compassion
  • Acceptance of change and willingness to examine themselves
  • Diplomacy, fairness, and responsibility
  • Patience
  • Doesn’t give up when they are faced with challenges
  • Has empathy for other people
  • Takes responsibility for their actions
  • Selfless

25 Good Character Traits That Impact Your Happiness 

There are many factors that can impact happiness, such as the personality traits of the individual, the personality traits of the people around them, and the environment they live in.

No matter what type of personality you have, it is important to be aware of the various impacts your personality has on your well-being.

A person’s personality can play an important role when it comes to happiness levels. Some personalities are more likely to lead to depression or anxiety whereas others seem less at risk.

Psychologists say there are many different factors that contribute to a person’s level of happiness and the way a person’s brain processes certain things can also have a big impact on a person’s happiness level.

These are the 25 personality traits that impact happiness. Researchers have found that people who possess these qualities are likely to be happier than those who don’t. 

These traits can help us understand our well-being and what it means for our mental health.

1. Optimism

Optimism is key because it fuels creativity and helps you stay positive in difficult times.

Optimism is the number one trait that successful people have. They are always looking at the bright side of things, and they never give up. 

While we may not be able to get rid of our obstacles, we can still find a way around them. We just need to stay positive and optimistic in order to achieve our goals. 

You can make your future self happier by changing your daily thoughts, habits, and lifestyle to become a more optimistic person today.

Optimistic people tend to have higher levels of self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety than those who describe themselves as pessimists. They also tend to believe that their actions will lead them toward success – which can lead to better mental health outcomes overall.

2. Proactive and having openness to experience 

A need to explore new ideas and sensations can lead to a happier personality. People with this trait like the thrill of variety and always make sure to keep an open mind, which can help you learn about yourself and grow as a person.

The most important thing you can do to be successful is to take charge of your own education. 

Take the time to learn new skills, get mentoring, join social media groups, and just keep learning. Find the initiative to constantly improve yourself and ask for help when things get tough rather than wait for someone else to come to your rescue.

3. Self-efficacy

Having the belief that you have the competence to succeed is so important. It’s how you perceive your capabilities and that plays a key role in one’s happiness. 

One study found that people with high self-efficacy had more life satisfaction and were happier than those who did not believe they could do things on their own.

4. Honesty

People who are honest are more likely to be happier.

Research shows that there is a certain level of honesty that best predicts someone’s level of happiness. This comes with both negative and positive impacts on the person’s life, although they still end up being happier than they would be if they were dishonest or lied.

5. Compassionate and empathetic

One very important characteristic is empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand other people’s feelings or share their feelings or troubles through difficult situations. 

Many studies have shown that empathy is the most important characteristic of any type of relationship, so it’s important to nurture it if you want to be a good person!

6. Conscientious

Conscientiousness is an important trait for anyone to have. People who are conscientious typically set examples of good character traits with core values in everyday life for others to follow. They’re proactive about making decisions and following through with tasks. 

This can help them grow their confidence and courage over time.

7. Curiosity

Curiosity is a trait that needs to be nurtured and cultivated in order for an individual to develop other traits, such as empathy.

One way for people to nurture their curiosity is by reading more. Reading exposes the individual to new ideas, perspectives, and also expands vocabulary. 

Curiosity can also help individuals meet new friends or peers with similar interests.

8. Loyalty

There are two major reasons why someone will be loyal: commitment or identification. 

Commitment means that you feel an obligation or duty to stick with something or someone. 

Identification is when you have some emotional connection with someone else.

9. Creativity

If you are creative, you are more likely to be happy because of self-expression.

The more creative people are, the more they appreciate art and beauty in all aspects of life. They also have a greater chance of being creative so they will enjoy thinking up new ideas for their careers, hobbies or personal projects.

10. Generosity

Generosity is the quality of being generous, especially in giving something to someone who is less well-off. 

Generosity is not just about what you do for others, but also what they do for you. 

A person with a generous personality is more likely to feel appreciative and grateful when someone does something nice for them. 

Generous people are more likely to be happy because they are much more satisfied with their lives than their ungenerous counterparts.

The three main ways that generosity impacts happiness are:

  1. It increases our sense of meaning and purpose.
  2. It fosters better relationships.
  3. It increases our own sense of self-worth.

11. Self-esteem

Self-esteem is one of the major factors that influence our happiness. People with high self-esteem are more optimistic, confident, secure, and possess less anxiety. 

We all want to be happy, and self-esteem is a key to our happiness.

12. Imagination

Imagination impacts our ability to handle setbacks and hardship. It gives us a sense of control and power, which in turn can help us see the bright side of life and engage with what we have to offer.

13. Sincerity

Research shows that people who are more sincere are generally happier.

People who are more sincere are often seen as more trustworthy, which may make them more happy in their relationships. They also have less anxiety about being themselves in public.

14. Integrity

Integrity is one of the most important values in life. It is what gives meaning to our actions. It allows us to know that we are living an authentic life, that we are being true to ourselves. 

When people feel caught between two opposing commitments, integrity is the answer. Integrity ensures that you will do the right thing for yourself and for others.

15. Courage

Courage has a strong correlation with happiness. People who are courageous are more likely to report high levels of happiness because they are open to new experiences.

Courageous people take risks, sometimes even when they are afraid. They have the courage to do what is right rather than what is easy or popular. They have the strength to take on challenges and not be overcome by their fear.

16. Charisma

Charisma is one of the 25 personality traits that impact happiness. It has to do with how well you are able to influence and persuade others. There are many benefits of charisma which include how it can make people like you more, give you better prospects in life, and make work feel more enjoyable.

There are four factors that contribute to one’s charisma: presence, warmth, power, and polish. 

Presence is the aura of confidence and authenticity that surrounds you. It’s about how engaging or interesting your personality is, essentially the level of your charisma when it’s at its lowest point.

Warmth is the degree to which people feel they can trust and be vulnerable with you. It’s related to having a kind personality, which helps people like you better than if you were cold or mean.

Power is the degree to which people feel both emotionally and intellectually challenged by you. Power relates to how much control or authority someone has – you can’t be charismatic without power; it’s what makes others want to follow your lead.

Polish is the artful combination of those first three qualities, plus your physical appearance, your voice, and your words.

17. Intelligence

One of the important factors for happy people is how they react to their environment.

People with high levels of emotional intelligence (EI) are more successful in life and they are also happier.

One of the most important reasons why emotional intelligence has such an impact on happiness is because it helps us be more resilient when we face challenges in life.

Another interesting factor for happy people is how they react to their surroundings and other people’s emotions, which means that those who have a high level of empathy are also happier.

18. Self-control

Researchers found that individuals who scored higher on measures of self-control tended to be happier and more satisfied with their lives. They also found that people who scored high in self-control had lower levels of depression and anxiety.

Self-control is the ability to control one’s impulses and behaviors in order to reach a goal or complete an activity.

One of my favorite resources to develop self-control is the book Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No. It’s so helpful to create boundaries with yourself (as well as with others).

Boundaries by Henry Cloud

19. Kindness

Kindness is about being compassionate, caring, and thoughtful to others.

Being kind to others has a lot of benefits in the long run. If you are kind, you are more likely to have friends, which could lead to higher self-esteem because you are accepted by your peers for who you are.

20. Patience

Many people believe that patience is a virtue that can help us be happy in life. 

Patience means being able to wait for something without feeling frustrated or anxious about when it will happen.

It’s especially important to be patient as a parent, although that can be extremely difficult. Here’s how to be a patient mom, even when you’re exhausted.

21. Organization

The 7 Qualities of a Good Planner are characteristics that can help you to be more organized. Organization is a trait that many great leaders have, and it’s a characteristic that can be honed over time with hard work.

22. Responsible

Whether you’re a parent or a child, the Characteristics of Responsible Parenthood: How To Raise A Responsible Child can help you to be more responsible (and lead a happier life).

Parenting With Love and Logic is a great book to help you raise responsible kids with a good work ethic.

Parenting with Love and Logic

23. Persistence

Persistence is not just about pushing through difficult periods during hard times but instead includes staying on track with goals despite any setbacks or difficulties that come up on the way.

24. Agreeableness

Agreeableness is a good trait to have if you are trying to live a happier life. 

It can be an important quality of a happy person because they are more cooperative, compromising, and willing to agree with others.

25. Extroversion

Research has shown that people who are extroverted tend to be happier than those who are introverted. 

This is thought to be because extroverts seek out and thrive in social situations, which provide the stimulation their brains need to feel happy. 

Introverts, on the other hand, can find social interactions exhausting and may benefit from more solitary activities like reading or knitting.

15 Examples of Best Work Character Traits for Employees (and Students)

What are the qualities that make up a great leader?

Leaders who want to be successful need to have many character traits. There are many different qualities they can have, but there are some that all successful leaders seem to share in common (and that many companies seek in a job interview to find reliable employees).

  1. Positivity – A positive outlook will help get you through the tough times.
  2. Attentiveness – Be present in the moment and pay attention to your surroundings.
  3. Patience – It takes time for some things, so don’t rush.
  4. Determination – Work hard and be committed to what you do.
  5. Humility – Stay humble even when success comes knocking on your door.
  6. Collaboration – Work with others and develop your social skills rather than working against team members.
  7. Optimism – Believe that everything will work out in the end.
  8. Honesty
  9. Acceptance of change, willingness to examine themselves, and ability to receive criticism
  10. Diplomacy, fairness, and responsibility
  11. Ability to focus – Eliminating distractions and focusing on each task is a great quality to have, and it also helps to boost productivity.
  12. Follow-through – Complete tasks from start to finish.
  13. Respectfulness 
  14. Loyalty
  15. Integrity

These work personality traits can help you become a better leader and achieve your professional goals. 

For students, this list of characteristics should be developed with the intent of being a better leader and team player throughout their education. These skills will also translate into the work environment across their career paths.

Next Steps to Develop Positive Characteristics

When trying to develop good characteristics, don’t be afraid to seek help. 

Whether you journal your way to a happier personality, meditate to develop emotional character strengths, or take a parenting course to be a better disciplinarian, it’s never too late to work on developing your strengths in your personal life and professional life.

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