Living in a world of social media influencers and reality TV has led many to use the words humble and humility with a negative connotation. Self-deprecating comments referring to humble individuals as if they are underprivileged, meek, or lowly. However, those that genuinely led a humble life are, in fact, none of these things. If you are questioning yourself, consider these five clues to understanding yourself as a genuinely humble person.
1. No Need to Boast
Boastfulness exists in many forms as our society evolves, and the line between sharing and bragging has diminished quickly. With this, the need for validation from others has also come into existence, living side-by-side with boasting. Individuals who have transcended the need for validation do not feel the need to brag about their accomplishments, ownerships, or lifestyles. They also live their lives entirely happy in their own decisions and actions, not needing validation from others to dictate their happiness.
2. Others Before Self
In our busy world, individuals who regularly take the time to care for others are showing humility. Be it merely stopping to check on a friend or volunteering for a local charity. It can be challenging to find the time to put others before yourself (and your immediate people), doing so can be rewarding though.
3. Making Others Happy
If you feel genuine pleasure at making others happy, you are a humble person. In a world where people are allowed to dole out nastiness with no consequences, it takes a humble person to go out of their way to make others happy regularly.
4. You Are Owed Nothing
Life is hard, and it takes a lot from us. Many individuals feel that they are owed something, anything for no reason other than existing. Humble individuals typically feel that they are not owed anything, nor do they dawn the victim mentality that is so common. Those who are humble are happy with just what they have and prefer to focus on what they can give.
A clue to someone’s sincerity is that they view themselves as equal to others and others as equals to themselves. Equality is a two-way street: everyone has the chance to do great things. The most important aspect of this stance on equality willingness to fight for justice for others, even when it is not an issue to the individual.
Humble individuals our amongst us, everywhere in fact. However, because of their willingness to happily exist without fanfare or validation, they are not easily seen. If you are a humble person, continue. If you don’t know a humble person, take the time to stop and look for one. You’ll learn a lot.