15 admirable qualities that make a good person

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What makes a person “good” when it all comes down to it?

There are qualities considered to be good by almost everyone.

But it’s also up to you to decide what you feel are the traits that make up a “good person”.

When you look at your heroes and friends that you consider “good people”, many of the below traits will make the list.

Here are 15 qualities that make up a good person:

1. They are honest in relationships

Relationships are the most important factor in any human’s life. We’re all social beings.

A good person has great relationships with their close ones because they respect them and put time into their relationships.

When life hits the fan, they’re ready to help.

When their friend needs to vent about the drama going on in their life, a good person is there to listen.

They don’t try to take advantage or manipulate them in any way.

After all, a good person realizes that the world doesn’t revolve around them, and to live a fulfilling and fruitful life, you need others by your side.

2. They’re courageous

Courage has nothing to do with the absence of fear. In fact, we all experience fear, but good people take action even when they are fearful.

Good people don’t give up easily. They continue even when it gets difficult.

Courageous people are an inspiration to others because they motivate them to take action for things we might be scared about.

In fact, in some ways being a good person can take courage. After all, it takes courage to act with integrity.

3. They’re compassionate

Being compassionate is a hallmark of a good person. Compassion is kindness in action.

When they see others in pain, they want to act to help them alleviate it.

Because they’re so sensitive to other people’s struggles and pain, they also don’t judge.

Everybody is going through their own private battle, and there is almost always more to what’s going on with someone than what meets the eye.

4. They’re generous

Being generous means that you’re giving without any schemes to receive anything in return, or manipulate or control those you are being generous with.

A good person knows that life isn’t only about them. Everybody goes through tough times and we all need a helping hand every now and then.

It’s nothing to be ashamed about to seek help from others, and this is why a good person won’t seek anything in return.

Generally, the most generous people actually tend to be those who don’t have much, because they know what it is like to have nothing.

5. They show respect

Good people treat others the way they want to be treated. They don’t try to talk themselves up so they appear better than others.

They don’t talk down to others in a condescending manner. They treat people, no matter who they are, as if they’re on the same level as them.

This makes them relaxing to be around, because you know they’re not judging you or trying to one-up you in any way.

6. They think of others

It’s easy to live a life where you only care for yourself. Yet, good quality in someone is caring for others and thinking of other people before they make a decision.

They realize that what is good for them may not always be good for others.

Now don’t get me wrong:

They don’t bend over backward and let people take advantage of them. They just don’t make decisions or take action if they know it might negatively affect someone else.

7. They don’t take things for granted

So many of us focus on what we don’t have and forget about all things we do.

A good person has a balanced perspective.

They realize that there are many people all over the world who have it worse than they do. They appreciate their family, their job, and the fact they have a roof over their head.

8. They’re humble

A good person has a confident yet modest opinion of their own self-importance.

They don’t see themselves as “too good” for other people.

After all, everybody is unique and there is always something to learn from anyone.

This also means that a good person has a growth mindset because they never think they’re a finished product.

Life is about growth and everything is a work in progress.

9. They’re authentic

There is nothing fake about a good person.

They’re able to be their true selves, without pretension or posturing.

A good person is sincere. Their actions reflect their beliefs.

The best bit about a good quality person?

You always know where you stand with them because the way they act towards you is directly related to how they feel about you.

10. They admit their faults and mistakes

Nobody is perfect. Some of us have a bad temper and we don’t always work as hard as we could.

But a good person admits their mistakes and imperfections.

They don’t blame others or outside forces. Instead, they try to improve and work on themselves.

They never back down from an honest look at themselves and what they could do better.

11. They accept people’s differences

We’re all unique. Every single person you meet has had a different upbringing and circumstances for you.

After all, nature is full of diversity and so are humans.

Not only does a good person accept those differences, but they embrace them by learning from others in any form they can.

This makes them great company because they don’t judge or get fearful when people are different from themselves. They embrace it and see it as a unique opportunity to learn.

Good people can also be considered “noble” because they’re willing to listen to others and learn more. If you want to learn more about what encompasses a noble person, check out our video below on 10 traits of a noble person with true integrity. 

12. They don’t gossip

A good person rejects gossip and doesn’t participate in it. They let people live their lives and understand that there is always more to the story than meets the eye.

In fact, a good person doesn’t think gossiping is fair because the person being gossiped about doesn’t have a chance to tell their side of the story.

13. They listen to others

These days it’s rare for someone to fully listen to what you have to say. But good people are very adept listeners.

They respect people enough to listen to what they have to say.

Everybody is logical in their own way, and there is always something to be gained from someone’s ideas and thoughts.

This makes them great to be around because they give you the time of day to express what you’re thinking and feeling.

14. They ignore drama

With social media and reality TV, it seems like everybody is addicted to drama.

But a good person doesn’t really care about it.

Drama is toxic and getting wrapped up in it doesn’t add anything to a good person’s life.

A good person doesn’t want to sit and talk about who is dating who or what world leader said this and that, they prefer to actually get out in the world and take action.

15. They don’t compare themselves to others

A good person understands that some have it better than they do, but many have it much worse.

In the end, a good person realizes that nothing good can come from comparing themselves to others.

Either, it will make you feel miserable, or it will make you feel superior to others.

Each outcome is undesirable because everybody is equal according to a good person.

They prefer to focus on themselves and improve what they think they could do better.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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