We explain what a good person is and how they interact with others. Also, what are its characteristics and some references.
What is a good person like?
A good person is one who always wants the best for others and acts accordingly . When one person recognizes another as a peer and respects them, they can act compassionately, kindly, and humbly (as they do not consider themselves superior to another being).
Every human being is born a good person. As it grows and incorporates a particular culture, it adopts certain values and learning that condition it. Kindness is something natural in human beings , it is a quality that must be worked on and cultivated throughout life .
Throughout history there were several personalities who stood out for dedicating their lives to work against civil and social injustice, and for helping those who needed it most. For example: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King.
Characteristics of a good person
A good person is characterized by developing numerous qualities, behaviors and capacities, among the main ones are:
- Goodness. It is the ability to have benevolent, generous and kind behaviors for others. A person can be kind in words, gestures and actions.
- Empathy. It is the ability to understand the way of thinking and feeling of others. It occurs when an individual manages to feel what it represents to be in the place of the other person, both in a moment of happiness and anguish.
- Awareness. It is the knowledge around the responsibility that an individual has before a certain thing, being or situation. This allows the individual to realize the impact that their words or actions generate, in others and in the environment that surrounds them.
- Sincerity. It is the virtue of manifesting and acting according to what you feel and think with total frankness, without pretending or hiding. Sometimes a person can be both sincere and hurtful by coming out in a rude or hurtful way. A good person is sincere and empathetic, so they will be frank but without offending the other.
- Trust. It is the virtue of inspiring security in others, through values, words and an attitude of loyalty to those who confess something private or intimate.
- Modesty. It is the ability to recognize one’s own virtues and accept limitations or defects, and act accordingly in a transparent or genuine way. A humble person is modest and simple, who does not have superiority complexes.
- Gratitude. It is the ability to be thankful. It happens when a person is able to recognize the value of an action that another person did or, for example, the magnitude and admiration for nature. Gratitude is the ability to give thanks and show that appreciation. the person is able to show appreciation.
Referents for being good people
Among the main people who marked history for being considered good people, the following stand out:
- Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013). He was a South African lawyer, politician, philanthropist and activist who spoke out and acted against apartheid (a South African segregation system). He became the first black-skinned president to head the Executive Branch and the first to be elected through elections. Due to his demonstrations and claims, he was deprived of his freedom by the opposition, and became an icon of injustice and oppression in South Africa. He was released in 1990 by the intervention of President Frederik de Klerk who eventually negotiated and ended the apartheid system. In 1993, Mandela received the Nobel Peace Prize, which he decided to share with Klerk.
- Luther King (1929-1968). He was an American pastor, leader, and peace activist who fought for civil rights, such as the right to vote, non- discrimination based on skin color, or equal opportunities. For example, he obtained the right to access and to sit in public transport, for people with black complexions. In 1964 he won the Nobel Peace Prize for dedicating his life to racial integration in the United States. In 1968 he was shot and killed while on the balcony of a hotel room where he was staying. Their struggle remains an example today.
- Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948). He was an Indian political leader, lawyer and pacifist who persevered in non-violent struggle against the British Empire. It achieved the independence of India after several centuries of being under British rule and became a symbol of freedom worldwide. He practiced the spiritual life through meditation , he had very simple and humble habits. The Indians revered him as a saint, which is why they called him Mahatma, which in Sanskrit means “great soul.”
- Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997). She was an Albanian Catholic nun, naturalized in India, who became recognized throughout the world for dedicating her life to helping the poorest. He discovered his vocation from a very young age and helped the poorest, to whom he offered a home where they could recover or die in peace and with dignity in the most critical cases. In 1979 he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian, selfless, loving and compassionate work, as well as numerous awards worldwide.
- Malala Yousafzai (1997). She is a Pakistani activist, blogger and university student who, at just 16 years old, became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in the fight for civil rights. At the age of 13 and under a pseudonym, Malala wrote on a BBC blog to let the world know what her life was like under the Taliban terrorist regime, which prohibited access to education for girls. In 2012 that terrorist group tried to kill her with two shots, but Malala survived. The attack caused a worldwide condemnation and Malala received help from different personalities, governments and entities. Under the slogan “I am Malala”, the whole world demanded that all children have the right to education.
- “Personality and character traits” in Positive Psychology.
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