Everyone is always wondering what makes some people simply happier than others.  I’ve learned over the years that there are a series of traits—yes, 19 specific traits—that help make one joyous as well as successful.  And  little by little psychologists, behavioral economists, social psychologists and even neuro-biologists are proving that to be true.

It’s even true on a national basis.  Go to this great piece by psychologist Robert A. Lavine in the Atlantic Monthly to see the reasons for the Danes’ elevated levels of happiness as a people. Continue Reading…

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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  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?