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Each of the qualities on The Positive Qualities Chart represents a common value that you can choose to possess. If you have experienced that quality, you have given it meaning. As you acquire a new value, you are growing. Look at the difference in your self from ten years ago. You have changed, matured, and learned because of what you have chosen and by how you have acted and reacted. These experiences have altered your being. You are becoming a new person; a better person; a person who is willing to share your highest ideas and ideals.
Each one of us is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual characteristics. In order to be a harmonious blend of these factors it is best to include a diverse range of qualities. Whenever you choose good over evil, better over good, or best over better, you are acquiring these virtues, and moving toward your ideal self.

You may be motivated to acquire positive qualities for many reasons: self-improvement, tradition, family customs, service to and love of humanity, religious requirement, spiritual progress, etc. In the end your reason is personal. Just by living on this interesting planet, we are acquiring qualities. Yet you can be an active or a passive participant in your own growth. Our human nature desires others to treat us with kindness, fairness, decency, and compassion. Our higher nature desires to direct these same qualities toward others. The qualities and what you decide to do with them are what are important. Proceed with your own positive growth for your own personal reasons.

“Character is guided by the nature of things most often envisaged, for the soul takes on the color of its ideas.”  — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus - (121 – 180)
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The Positive Qualities Chart

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Click here or on the Chart to view a full size sample

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. What we think, we become.  — Buddha ─  circa: 500 B.C.


Love, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness are the foundation upon which all qualities are built and the culmination of all reality. If these are the central values, what others are important and what would be their relationships? The Chart and book are my answers to these questions.

There are 1,000 qualities on the Chart which took six years to catalog, organize, and design. Each quality is situated within a wedge of related qualities. These relationships flow out from and into the center — a sort of visual thesaurus. The size of each word depends on how many qualities are behind it. Its position in relation to LOVE represents its relative significance. But always remember: The most important qualities are the ones you are living this moment.

Use the Chart as a personal reminder to focus on the positive. Simply by living them you share the positive qualities you possess. It is also fun and important to reveal your personal experiences and insights with friends. Living the positive is a hands-on (or should we say a soul-blossoming) method of becoming. It is a means of expressing your belief and keeps you moving the right way through your life.

Miscellaneous Uses (Also see “Uses” below)
    Writer's Reference         Advertising Reference        Vocabulary Builder
    Wedding Vows            Baby Names            School Display

The Book of Positive Qualities is currently out of print, although copies may be available at used bookstores or on the Web. The book explains the philosophy of being positive in all aspects and situations of life. Each word is defined and many have quotes, ideas, and comments on how to bring the qualities into your soul.

“You have only to go along with Virtue in your actions, to follow The Way on your journey, and already will you be there.”  — Taoism, Chuang Tzu 13

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Professionals Making Use of The Positive Qualities Chart

Parents
Nurses
Doctors
Massage Therapists
Clinical Social Workers
Publishers
Book Store
Language Arts Teachers
Psychologists
Psychiatrists
Chiropractors
Consultants
Linguists
Marketing Experts
Neural Linguistic Programming Practitioners
Religion Teachers
Ministers
Churches (All Denominations)
Conflict Resolution Experts
Family Relations Teachers
Business Trainers
Life Trainers
Motivational Speakers
Artists

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The Positive Qualities Chart Uses  & Testimonials

Your [Positive Qualities] Chart hangs in my Chiropractic office. We began asking people for an “good word” when they sign in. Naturally everyone turns to your poster for inspiration. — Dr. Lisa Geiger, DC

The hallmark of the workshop was covering Vision, Change, and Goal Setting in the group exercises combined with the use of the [Positive Qualities] Chart. It was amazing how people began to recognize how they need to put their focus in developing the positive qualities. — Hooshmand Naraghi, New Era Whole Life Training

I will be using The Positive Qualities Chart in my “Positive Power Strategies” class to show the power of a strengths perspective in working with people, as opposed to only focusing on problems. — Bonnie Bain, Motivational Teacher

Thank you so much for The Positive Qualities Chart – it is truly inspirational. I just loved this Chart from the first moment I saw it. I will order more of these Charts because I believe in sharing something of good influence like this to family and friends. — Victoria Anne Ward, Gallery Director

I facilitate a spiritual support group in my home. Every time someone walks into my home they comment on the [Positive Qualities] chart. I also sent it to a well-traveled motivational speaker … who absolutely loved it. — Shirley Nelson, Health and Human Service Ministries

In a world of sameness your book is a breath of fresh air. — T.J. Rohleder

The [Positive Qualities] Charts do make very appropriate gifts for social work instructors. — Sue Crockett, Social Worker

The [Positive Qualities] charts are as delightful as I thought they would be. — Edwina Rogers, Message Therapist

This [Positive Qualities] Chart is a great idea. Especially for those of us who do too much negative inner talk!! — Carol Childs

Thank you for not only your creation but for making it easily available. Your [Positive Qualities] chart is a work of art and could have had a singular existence on a museum wall....People are always awed by your work. They did not realize they had all that in them. — Gayle Miller, Facilitator, Center for Attitudinal Healing

Seems those patients that are extremely ill are interested in positives in their lives, especially cancer victims. So this is perfect for them to study... — Dr. Kenneth McGill

You did a really great piece of art work - a lot of work and love well spent. — Nancy Kidd

I am inventing a “new persona” for myself out of the qualities that are attractive to me. — Roberto Rivera

Thank you for sending me your wonderful qualities wheel. I bought it as a gift for my girlfriend who is a word hound. She is in a phase where she is always checking with dictionaries to expand her vocabulary and I know your wheel had some winners in it. — Jesse Selengut, Consultant

The poster is wonderful. I am a trained facilitator for The Virtues Project and use your poster as an adjunct to their materials when I teach and make presentations. — Pam Graham, MA CMHC

I have found it {The Positive Qualities Chart} very useful in my nursing classes. …to help students identify caring behaviors. It demonstrates graphically that caring may entail more than just meeting basic physical and psycho-social needs. …caring may change with each client encounter. … it has been a wonderful and useful resource. — Margaret Mulhall, RN

This Positive Qualities Chart…has given shape to my ideas and hope to my heart. In a sense the Chart bridges our outer reality to our inner reality of unlimited choices and potentials. — Althea Southwick, Retired Educator

I’m amazed, the more I study the [Positive Qualities] Chart, at just how thoughtfully and perhaps philosophically you’ve accomplished this project. — Janice Bodine, Family Relations Teacher

Thank you so much for the Positive Qualities Chart. We are a center for self-healing and {are} teaching clients how to tap into their own internal healing resources. — Alice Catchings, Health Spa Director

“I use it {The Positive Quality Charts} to find new good words while I am grading papers.”
—    Patton Massengill, Vermont Teacher

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Positive Qualities for the Week

We become what we focus on. Each week pick a couple of qualities from The Positive Qualities Chart  to  ponder and to emulate. You can act passively or actively. Passive action is simply noticing as the qualities come across your path. They present themselves as opportunities. Or you can take decisive action to use the qualities you choose.

Please contact me to be added to the growing list of people who enjoy the qualities sent to them directly (each Sunday). I will not sell, trade, or give your address away. Since each pair is randomly chosen, they may be compatible or dissimilar. There is no need to try to force them to work together. But it is sometimes fun to see how you can harmonize them.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle
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A (short) Positive Qualities List

This sample list contains 108 out of the 1,000 Positive Qualities on the Chart. Choose a couple of qualities to emulate and see how you become more than you are. You can jump to the entries from The Book of Positive Qualities for the highlighted words.

An exercise you can do right now is to put the words "I am or I have" in front of each quality. Listen to your inner truth sense. Act upon the images, memories, and feelings which you experience.

Appropriate
Balanced
Beauty
Capable
Centered
Cheerful
Civil
Common Sense
Communicative
Compassionate
Confident
Considerate
Consistent
Cooperative
Courageous
Creative
Curious
Decisive
Dedicated
Dutiful
Efficient
Encouraging
Fair
Faith
Farsighted
Finesse
Flexible
Focused
Forgiving
Free
Friendly
Funny
Generous
Gentle
Goodness
Gracious
Grateful
Growing
Happy
Harmonious
Healthy
Honest
Honorable
Hopeful
Humble
Imaginative
Independent
Integrity
Intuitive
Joyful
Judicious
Kind
Knowledgeable
Lighthearted
Logical
Love
Loyal
Merciful
Methodical
Noble
Nurturing
Objective
Open
Optimistic
Patient
Peaceful
Persevering
Playful
Poised
Powerful
Practical
Precise
Prepared
Productive
Prompt
Reflective
Reliable
Resilient
Respectable
Responsible
Responsive
Rugged
Selfless
Sensible
Sensitive
Service Minded
Sharing
Sincere
Spiritual
Stable
Striving
Strong
Tactful
Temperate
Thoughtful
Thriving
Tolerant
Trustworthy
Truth
Understanding
Valuable
Versatile
Volitional
Whimsical
Whole
Wholehearted
Wise
Wonder

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