Being genuine is interchangeable with being true, or authentic. When you talk to a genuine person, you know you can trust what they have to say and that they are telling you the truth. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to find genuine people in this world, especially in the workplace. That is why people who are truly genuine tend to stand out in the best ways possible.
Genuine people don’t try to be the center of attention and they don’t try to get noticed by making things up about themselves. Instead, people are drawn to them because they are often very refreshing.
With that in mind, who wouldn’t want to be more genuine?
There are certain traits that genuine people tend to have. Some things can be learned but in order to truly be more genuine, you may need to change some habits. Let’s take a look at 6 common traits of genuine people.
1. They Value Themselves
While genuine people tend to care for others and there is meaning behind everything they do, they also value themselves. Being genuine does not mean that they are easy to walk over! In fact, genuine people are able to care so much about others because they also care about themselves and their own wellbeing. There is often a fine line between self-esteem and arrogance, and people who are genuine manage it perfectly. They are not arrogant. Instead, they are fully aware of who they are, including their strengths and weaknesses, and they value every part of what makes them who they are.
2. They Recognize Realness
People who are genuine have great intuition. They can usually spot a “phony” individual right away, which helps them to determine whether they can trust someone fully or not. This also helps in associating with certain people and making better choices. Additionally, genuine people do not often put up with people who are “faking it”. While they are not condescending or rude, they will be straightforward with someone when the situation calls for it.
A genuine person won’t tell you something you want to hear just for the sake of your feelings. Rather, they are more likely to tell you the truth straight to your face. It may not be what you want to hear, but in the long run, it is likely the best thing to hear. If you want to recognize realness in others, start being true to yourself. The more genuine you are with yourself, the easier it is to trust your gut instincts about people and situations.
3. They Don’t Do Drama
Do you know anyone who seems to attract drama wherever they go? Genuine people are good at diffusing drama or avoiding it completely. They don’t typically get involved in gossip or rumors about other people or about themselves.
One reason for this is because genuine people typically have more self-worth. They don’t feel the need to get involved in unnecessary drama in order to feel good about themselves. As stated above, they have an understanding of who they are and they accept that. Drama tends to create exaggerated narratives, and genuine people are more concerned with the truth and reality.
4. They Own Up to Their Mistakes
Another trait of genuine people is that they are not afraid to admit their mistakes. Far too often, people want to “pass the buck” or blame others for something that went wrong for them.
Genuine people will always be the first to admit when they have made a mistake. But, they won’t wallow in any kind of failure or self pity. Instead, they take the initiative to make changes, fix mistakes, and try to do better in the future. Genuine people know that mistakes are opportunities to learn and grow. If you truly want to be more genuine, this is one of the easiest places to start. Own up to your mistakes, and do something about them.
5. They Are Lifelong Learners
Because genuine people aren’t afraid of their own mistakes, they also are eager to learn. That desire goes beyond learning only what they “have” to for things like work, school, or relationships. They want to learn about things outside of their own lives, including what’s going on in the world.
You’ll typically find genuine people reading books, newspapers, journals, etc., or even listening to educational podcasts or watching videos in order to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in everything from politics and activism to technology and the environment. Learning isn’t a chore or an obligation, it’s a privilege, and the most genuine people see it that way, and don’t take it for granted.
6. They Are Happy
Of course, we can’t dive into the mind of every genuine person to determine if they’re happy all of the time or not. But, because genuine people are so dedicated to staying true to themselves, they can find happiness and joy in life’s everyday moments.
Do they get sad, stressed, or upset like everyone else? Of course. The difference is, those negative feelings never last for long. Genuine people are able to look past whatever setbacks occur to see the silver lining. Their lives aren’t easier, they just have a more positive perspective, and they aren’t afraid to laugh even in times of distress.
If you want to be a more genuine person, it can take some effort. Some people naturally have some of these habits in their nature. Others have to work towards them. But, by making some of these traits a priority in your life, you can remain true to yourself, boost your sense of self-worth, and gain the trust of others in the process.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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