Being mentally strong is more than just “toughing it out,” “getting over it” or “having mind over matter.” People who are mentally strong have developed a number of healthy habits, honing their sense of purpose and cultivating their ability to make good things happen when surrounded by chaos. So how mentally strong are you? Find out. Here’s a list of traits most often found in mentally strong people.

  • Adaptable
  • Celebrates others’ success
  • Committed to long-term goals
  • Confident
  • Consistent
  • Embraces change
  • Enjoys social interaction, but values solitude
  • Fair
  • Flexible
  • In control of their actions and emotions
  • Learns from mistakes
  • Manages stress
  • Navigates disappointment with grace
  • Optimistic
  • Prioritizes health and well-being
  • Ready for the unexpected
  • Reliable
  • Responsible for own actions
  • Sees the “big picture”
  • Self-aware
  • Self-sufficient
  • Shares the credit
  • Strong work ethic
  • Tenacious
  • Unafraid to speak up
  • Understands life isn’t fair
  • Welcomes a challenge
  • Willing to take calculated risks

You may have noted that many of these traits are “soft skills” highly valued by employers. So, not only will these traits contribute to your mental strength, but they can also help advance your career.

Scientific American
Success Magazine