Personal qualities typically considered positive are being honest regardless of the consequences, being responsible for personal actions and having patience. Other positive traits are adaptability and compatibility, as it helps people get along with others, having courage to do what is right in difficult situations, and exhibiting compassion and understanding.
Other personal qualities that are positively regarded are having drive to keep going and loyalty to friends and loved ones. Additional positive traits are being conscientious, dependable, fair, intelligent, helpful and humble.
When positive psychology looks at character virtues and strengths, it includes wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. It is believed that these qualities are morally and universally valued, capturing the capacities for helping oneself and others and producing positive effects when they are expressed.
Wisdom and knowledge encapsulate creativity, curiosity, judgment and open mindedness, love of learning, and perspective, while courage encapsulates bravery, perseverance, honesty and zest. Humanity factors in the capacity to love and be loved, kindness, and social intelligence, while justice touches on teamwork, fairness and leadership. Temperance holds the qualities of forgiveness and mercy, modesty and humility, and prudence and self regulation. Transcendence incorporates the appreciation of beauty and excellence, gratitude, hope, humor, religiousness and spirituality.