Goodness evokes kindness, empathy, and thoughtfulness. The actions of a good person are often thought to involve holding the door, being generous, and caring.
But goodness must extend beyond a kind of selflessness, which might be called a gentleness of character, to include a kind of resiliency, or strength of character.
This strength manifests as endurance, the ability to withstand the negative forces of life with courage, patience, and sureness – knowing that all things, good and bad, will come to pass.
Unfounded criticism is endured through steadfast conviction and confidence.
Irrational frustration is endured through equanimity, a calm balance of emotions.
And the pangs of loneliness are endured through the cultivation of self-reliance and comfort with solitude.