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The Good Among the Great: 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People by Donald Van de Mark is now available at Amazon.com.  It explores the 19 personality traits shared by the good souls among the highest achievers in business, the arts and more. Do you have the traits?





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Gratitude is the heart’s memory.
–French Proverb

“There’s always something to be grateful for.” So says Rachel Walton, a hospice nurse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s a remarkable statement coming from a woman who is around death and grieving all the time. “Sometimes I think about the fact that I can see. It opens me up. It opens up my vision. I realize all the beauty around me. And when you have that kind of awareness, you start tapping into the heart.”

Being appreciative or “tapping into the heart” is another way that exceptional human beings steer and enrich their own lives as well those of others. With Walton’s help, we can understand the real power of appreciation.

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If Abraham Maslow is correct and only 1 percent of us are truly healthy psychologically, then we have to be alert to those who are.  Once you’re familiar with the 19 Traits that he identified, this 1% of extraordinary people are quite easy to spot.

For an example, you need look no further than a November 6th New York Times profile of Deborah Cavendish, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.  It’s titled “A Duchess With a Common Touch,” and with that title alone you know that this person has at least one of the 19 Traits– she is egalitarian.

We quickly learn that this 90-year old aristocrat “transformed Chatsworth, one of the grandest of England’s grand houses from a museum-like relic into a family house and a self-sustaining business.”  Which of the Traits does the old Duchess exhibit?

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