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                       Characteristics of a Good Person                         

         Self-improvement is an important topic.  An important question concerns how to be a better person.  What are the qualities or characteristics of a good person?  This can be viewed as a subjective or value judgment that has many possible answers. 
         A simple answer to the question of how to be a good person is to strive to be someone that others would like.  A more complex answer may address the specific attributes that would reflect being a likable person.  Some of these good qualities in a person can be considered to be good people skills.
        There are a number of good personality traits.  Below are five characteristics or qualities of a good person.

1.  Altruistic

    
A good person may be an altruist more than an egoist.  Being altruistic or an altruist is one of the more admirable qualities.  Altruism is selfless helping.  You help someone because you are concerned about the person's welfare.  Altrustic people not only help the people they know, but they also help people they do not know.  Altruistic people have the strength to make a difference in the lives of others and to do the right thing.

2
.  Empathetic.

      
Empathy can be viewed as a defining attribute of being human, and one of the most important attributes that a person could have.  Thus, being empathetic can be viewed as a primary attribute of a good person.
    
People may wish to feel understood and that others can feel what they feel.  A person who empathetic will express that he or she understands what the person is saying. This can be done by making statements that reflect that you understand what the person is feeling, or by telling a story involving a situation that you were in that is similar to the situation that the person is in.
      Moroever, because empathy is the combination of both understanding and feeling, the empathetic person also feels what another person feels.  It is important to express emotion, and not just state that you can understand what the person is going through.

3.  Responsible

       
The emotionally mature person will take responsibility for his or her actions.  He or she will not avoid blame for outcomes that he or she caused, and use the excuse that it was not intended.  A responsible person realizes than a reasonable person has a responsibility to be careful and make wise decisions.
       A responsible person strives for good time management so that he or she will be able to accomplish all that he or she agreed to do.

      
A responsible person will make sure that he or she is informed about all things that may affect the quality of the decisions he or she must make.  The responsible person highly values learning and strives to increase his or her knowledge.

4.  Honest

     
The good person believes that honesty is the best policy.  Good people strive to be honest with others and themselves.
       People who are honest with themselves see themselves in an accurate manner.  All of us are average or below average in some ways, and the honest person acknowledges the ways he or she is average or below average. 


5.  Fair      

    
The good person is fair in his or her decisions.  Fairness reflects being relatively free from personal biases.  Fairness reflects wishing to work for the common good.  It reflects a commitment to basic principles of what is right.