Why it is important
Research has shown a relationship between character strengths and life satisfaction. Developing your character is important for self-esteem, and thus a contributing aspect to well-being and happiness. Moral character predominates in person perception and evaluation. It is thus important for forming social bonds. Moral character helps us to find meaning in life and have a more satisfied existence. Character predicts unethical or harmful behavior. A developed character can help to avoid poor relationships and crime. People who are inconsiderate of others and who have poor self-control not only face more negative work environments themselves, but also create environments that bring out the worst in everyone around them.
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