POSITIVE TRAIT THESAURUS

APPRECIATIVE



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HELPFUL TIP:

Characters with this positive attribute will be extra sensitive to certain emotions, so think about how events might specifically trigger feelings in a way that elevates or lowers their moods or causes moral dilemmas to form—whichever best fits your story goals. Try giving a supporting character a negative trait that acts as an opposite of this attribute, causing frustration, disillusionment, or even emotional volatility that leads to poor decisions and mistakes.
DEFINITION:
Showing thankful recognition for what life brings

SIMILAR ATTRIBUTES:
Grateful, thankful

POSSIBLE CAUSES:
Experiencing a life-shaping event that puts things into perspective
Being taught as a child to be grateful for what one has
Having a strong faith in God or another deity
Surviving death
Having escaped a dangerous environment or situation
Being strongly aware of one’s freedom
Happiness and satisfaction
Possessing a strong spirit; feeling whole and content

ASSOCIATED BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES:
Adaptability
Loyalty
Seeking out the world’s beauty (traveling, experiencing natural wonders, etc.)
Encouraging others to let go of worries and negative emotions
Smiling
Being thankful for what one has
Not being materialistic in nature
Having a strong work ethic
Caring for others
Seeking ways to “pay it forward”
Positivity
Friendliness
Treating others with care and thoughtfulness
Finding happiness in simplicity
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ASSOCIATED THOUGHTS:
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ASSOCIATED EMOTIONS:
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POSITIVE ASPECTS:
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NEGATIVE ASPECTS:
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EXAMPLE FROM LITERATURE:
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CHALLENGING SCENARIOS FOR CHARACTERS WITH THIS TRAIT:
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TRAITS IN SUPPORTING CHARACTERS THAT MAY CAUSE CONFLICT:
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