Virtues List

Virtues are the essence of our character and character does indeed determine destiny.  The more we recognize the potential impact that practicing virtues can have on our lives, the more our lives open up to new possibilities and to greater joy and fulfillment.

The Virtues
Virtue Definition
(Merriam-Webster)
Complements Transcends
Acceptance The act of accepting something or someone Contentment, Forgiveness Denial,
Rejection
Assertiveness Disposed to or   characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior Confidence,
Courage
Self-doubt,
Shyness
Authenticity True to one’s own personality, spirit, or character Honesty,
Integrity
Low self-esteem
Beauty The qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind Joyfulness,
Peace
Ugliness
Caring Feeling or showing concern for other people Compassion,
Kindness
Cruelty,
Insensitivity
Cleanliness The practice of keeping yourself and your surroundings clean Orderliness,
Purity
Dirtiness
Commitment An agreement or pledge to do something in the   future Loyalty,
Perseverance
Lack of Direction
Compassion Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress   together with a desire to alleviate it Caring,
Understanding
Grief,
Judgment
Confidence A feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at   something Assertiveness,
Courage
Self-doubt, Uncertainty
Consideration The act of thinking carefully about something you will make a decision about Caring,
Compassion
Selfishness
Contentment The state of being happy and satisfied Fulfillment,
Joy
Dissatisfaction, Restlessness
Cooperation A situation in which people work together to do something Teamwork,
Unity
Defiance
Courage Mental or moral strength to venture,   persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty Boldness,
Confidence
Fear, Self-doubt
Creativity The ability to make new things or think of new ideas Joy,
Purposefulness
Ordinary
Detachment Lack of emotion or of personal interest Faith,
Freedom
Control
Determination A quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult Commitment, Tenaciousness Complacency
Dignity A way of appearing or behaving that suggests seriousness and self-control Honor,
Respect
Egoism,
Selfishness
Encouragement Something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident Support, Caring Self-doubt, Discouragement
Enthusiasm Strong excitement about something; a strong feeling of active interest in   something that you like or enjoy Energy,
Motivation
Boredom,
Indifference
Ethical Following accepted rules of behavior; morally right and good Fairness,
Respect
Immorality
Excellence Extremely high quality Dignity, Honor,
Integrity, Respect
Mediocrity
Fairness Treating people in a way that does not favor some over others Equality, Justice Grievance,
Injustice
Faith Strong belief or trust in someone or something Confidence,
Hope, Trust
Apprehension,
Doubt
Flexibility Willing to change or to try different things Detachment, Understanding Stubbornness
Forgiveness The act of forgiving someone or something Freedom,
Peace
Anger,
Bitterness
Friendliness Acting like a friend; kind and helpful Kindness,
Tact
Shyness
Generosity The quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish; the quality of being generous Kindess,
Service
Stinginess,
Self-centeredness
Gentleness Having or showing a kind and quiet nature; not harsh or violent Patience,
Peace
Aggression
Graciousness Very polite in a way that shows respect Dignity,
Tact
Disrespect,
Rudeness
Gratitude A feeling of appreciation or thanks Hope,
Joy, Peace
Disappointment,
Pain
Harmonious Having parts that are related or combined in a pleasing way Unity Hostility
Helpfulness Making it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc.; giving help Graciousness,
Service
Negativity
Honesty The quality of being fair and truthful Integrity,
Truthfulness
Deceitfulness
Honor Respect that is given to someone who is admired Dignity,
Respect
Shame
Hope To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true Faith,
Joy, Trust
Despair,
Frustration
Humility The quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people Modesty Arrogance,
Pride
Idealism The attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty Confidence,
Hope
Cynicism,
Pessimism
Integrity The quality of being honest and fair Honesty,
Trust
Corruption,
Deceitfulness
Imaginative Having or showing an ability to think of new and interesting ideas; having or showing imagination Creativity Ordinary,
Rationalism
Joyfulness Feeling, causing, or showing great happiness; full of joy Hope,
Peace, Love
Discontent,
Suffering
Justice The process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals Fairness,
Integrity
Discrimination
Kindness The quality or state of being kind; a kind act Caring,
Compassionate
Cruelty,
Loneliness
Love A feeling of strong or constant affection for a person Caring,
Forgiveness, Unity
Fear
Loyalty The quality or state of being loyal Honesty,
Trust
Betrayal
Moderation The quality or state of being reasonable and avoiding behavior, speech, etc., that is extreme or that goes beyond what is normal or acceptable Diligence,
Responsibility
Obsessions,
Overindulgence
Modesty The quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities Humility Self-importance
Optimistic Having or showing hope for the future; expecting good things to happen Hope,
Joyfulness
Pessimism
Orderliness Arranged or organized in a logical or regular way Cleanliness,
Purity
Chaos
Passionate Having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs Enthusiasm,
Purposefulness
Indifference
Patience The ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset Determination,
Peace
Frustration
Peace A state of tranquility or quiet Love,
Serenity, Unity
Anger,
Cruelty
Perseverance Continued effort to do or achieve something   despite difficulties, failure, or opposition Commitment,
Determination,
Resilience
Laziness
Preparedness The quality or state of being prepared Excellence,
Orderliness
Complacency
Purposefulness Having a purpose as in something set up as an object or end to be attained Creativity,
Commitment,
Joyfulness
Boredom,
Indifference
Reliability The quality or state of being reliable Integrity,
Loyalty
Untrustworthiness
Respect An act of giving particular attention Dignity,
Reverence
Inconsideration
Responsibility The quality or state of being responsible as in  moral, legal, or mental accountability Courtesy,
Tact, Trust
Selfishness
Reverence Honor or respect that is felt for or shown to (someone or something) Respect, Worth Hatred
Self-discipline Correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement Commitment,
Determination
Chaos, Unruliness
Service Contribution to the welfare of others Compassion,
Generosity,
Purposefulness
Lack of concern,
Self-centeredness
Sincerity The quality or state of being sincere; honesty of mind Authentic Disingenuousness
Tact A keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense Graciousness,
Responsibilty
Clumsiness
Temperate Habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions Moderation Excessiveness
Tenacious Persistent in maintaining,   adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired Discipline,
Perseverance
Indecision
Thankfulness Conscious of benefit received Gratitude,
Thoughtfulness
Unappreciative
Tolerance Capacity to endure pain or hardship; sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own Patience,
Tenacious
Narrow-mindedness
Trust Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something Loyalty,
Respect
Doubt,
Skepticism
Truthfulness Telling or disposed to tell the truth Honesty,
Faith, Trust
Corruption,
Deceit
Understanding An agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of   differences Kindness,
Tolerance
Egoism
Unity The quality or state of being made one Harmony,
Love, Peace
Loneliness
Visionary A thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination Imagination,
Leadership
Lack of Inspiration
Wisdom Accumulated philosophic or scientific learning; knowledge Idealism,
Visionary
Lack of Intelligence
Wonder A feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc. Creativity,
Imagination
Boredom