32 EXQUISITE Character Traits To Develop In Yourself — And Your Kids

Character or heart traits are who you are on the inside.

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Character is the set of qualities that make somebody distinctive. It is the outward manifestation of what you believe inside your mind and spirit. It is your nature, personality, and moral fiber.

Your character is the attitude and set of mind which indicates to others who you are and what you stand for. 

As you read through this small list of admirable character traits, check the ones that you believe are a part of your inner guidance system. 


Do your children and coworkers know that you feel strongly about these positive attributes? Perhaps you should share with them the qualities that make you the person you are today:

  1. Appreciativeness
  2. Courageousness
  3. Commitment
  4. Compassion
  5. Confidence
  6. Dependability
  7. Fairness
  8. Faithfulness
  9. Flexibility
  10. Friendliness
  11. Generosity
  12. Gentleness
  13. Gratefulness
  14. Honestty
  15. Humbleness 
  16. Integrity
  17. Kindness
  18. Love
  19. Loyalty
  20. Optimism
  21. Patience
  22. Persistence
  23. Resourcefulness
  24. Respec for all
  25. Resilience
  26. Responsibility for choices
  27. Self-control
  28. Sincerity
  29. Tolerance
  30. Trustworthiness
  31. Truthfulness
  32. Warmth and welcoming

This is just a partial list of character traits and values that could change our society and the world if they were incorporated into the lives of each person. 


As teachers, parents, coaches and adults who work with youth on a daily basis, we have an opportunity to parent and mentor the next generation.

The best teacher is a role model. Children, neighbors, and coworkers are watching what we do, much more than what we say.

If we feel that character is important, do we show that belief in action? Do we follow our own spiritual compass? Do we want them to do as we do or just as we say?

When you encourage character and heart values in others they will rise to your expectations. Look for what is right and good in yourself and others and more of the same will follow.

It is the Law of Attraction at work. We attract more of what we think about and do. Be the outward manifestation of the character and heart centered traits you value. Do what is right and you will change the world, one person at a time.