Character Traits That Facilitate Happiness and Success



There are certain character traits that would benefit you immensely if you took the time to develop them. Consider the people you admire the most in the present and from the past. What traits do they exemplify? How would you describe them? Could you adopt the same characteristics that make them so successful and admirable?


Developing these traits will support your happiness and success:


  1. You can predict someone’s success by their ability to persevere. If you give up easily, you’re going to struggle in life. Perseverance also promotes stability and consistent progress. Learn to deal with emotional discomfort and obstacles. There are few characteristics that are more valuable.
  2. Reliability. You probably have at least one friend that’s unreliable. You never know for certain if they’re going to keep their word. They’re either forgetful or have a million and one excuses that you know aren’t true. Be a reliable and trustworthy person.
  3. Optimism. Good things frequently happen if you expect them to happen. When you expect the worst, you often receive the worst. Optimism is good for your mental health and is attractive to others. Keep a positive mental attitude at all times. Ask yourself, “What’s the best that can happen in this situation?”
  4. Self-discipline. There are things in life that are unenjoyable, but necessary. Those who are willing to do these unenjoyable tasks are rewarded handsomely. If it needs to be done, have the self-discipline to get it done. You’ll pay the price sooner or later if you don’t.
  5. Generosity. When you’re willing to give part of your time, money, and attention to others, you receive even more in return. Others appreciate your help and will return the favor when you need it the most. You’ll also feel good about yourself and acquire new allies. Be generous when you can.


Make a master list of the character traits you need to be happy, successful, and proud of yourself. Give these traits the time and attention needed to develop them fully.

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