Everyone has their own opinion on what makes someone a “good” person, but some traits — like empathy, compassion, and kindness — are universally considered part of the package. Despite the fact that not everyone may view you as a “good” person, certain traits are associated with human goodness. If you exhibit those traits despite making a bad decision or two, chances are you still fall under the umbrella of “good” rather than “bad.” A “good” person likely exhibits the following traits:

Empathy is your ability to relate to others. There are two types of empathy:
• Cognitive empathy: being able to understand someone else’s perspective
• Emotional empathy: being able to share in the emotional experiences of others
Putting them together creates a firm foundation for other pro-social behaviours like kindness and compassion.

Compassion is a deep awareness of and a strong desire to relieve the suffering of others. When you show someone compassion, you’re showing them support, letting them know that you care and want to do what you can to help.

Kindness usually means you treat people with respect, positivity and goodwill and overlaps with compassion and empathy. It represents actions and behaviours aimed to improve someone else’s lived experience.

Altruism represents selfless behaviours and thoughts. It concerns the well-being of others regardless of their social status, what they can offer you in repayment, or what supporting them costs you.

Integrity is a collective term for thoughts, actions, and behaviours related to morality and ethics. If you’ve been told you have integrity or act with integrity, you most likely value: honesty, reliability, humility and responsibility.

Inclusivity isn’t just making room for people because that’s what’s socially expected. A genuinely inclusive person wants to create an environment where everyone is respected and valued, regardless of their perspective, identity, or background.