Characteristics in good character

Which characteristics comprise good character? First, consider what is good character. A person's character is the pattern of how they act, think, and feel that shows they regularly choose right over wrong, moral over immoral. What is right and moral? That's where a list of positive characteristics comes in. How do we define what is right, moral or good? While lists of good characterstics vary depending on the source, most lists of characteristics agree on certain core values that are "right" and moral. These positive characteristics appeal to the broadest range of organizations, religions, and cultures.

Looking at several leading character building organizations, we can see common themes in which traits are considered to be positive characteristics:


Characteristics lists

Common core values compiled from several lists of characteristics:

Honesty
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Compassion/forgiveness
Citizenship



Character Counts!* list of characteristics, or Six Pillars of Character*:

Trustworthiness (includes honesty)
Respect
Responsibility
Fairness
Caring (includes compassion and forgiveness)
Citizenship



Character Education Partnership, list of characteristics that are core values in society

Respect
Responsibility
Perseverance
Honesty
Fortitude
Fairness
Compassion



US Department of Education, list of characteristics to be a responsible citizen:

Compassion
Honesty and fairness
Good judgment
Respect for others
Self-respect
Courage
Responsibility
Citizenship and patriotism

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