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12 signs you’re actually a better person than you think you are

Sometimes in life, we become so focused on what we haven’t accomplished that we lose sight of what we have.

It’s easy to forget about the lessons we have learned and the obstacles we have overcome, and instead focus on the goals we haven’t achieved.

But it’s time to take pride in what you’ve become.

While it can be tough to define what a good person is, there a few traits we can all agree on that show you’re a better person than you think.

Here are 12 signs that you’re actually a much better person than you think you are.

1. You compliment others when it is deserved

Giving credit where credit is due is an important part of being a good person.

A good person isn’t about themselves. They’re excited about other people’s achievements and successes.

It’s not just complimenting other people. A good person wants other people to succeed in life, so they’re not afraid to give constructive criticism if they think that it will genuinely help someone.

So if you genuinely want others to do well in life, and you’re not afraid to let them know about it, you’re probably a better person than you think you are.

2. You’re grateful for your loved ones

A good person values their family and those who are close to them. After all, the people close to us make us who we are.

Not only do they offer unconditional love, but they’re also there to offer support when shit hits the fan.

You’re a better person than you think you are if you show appreciation to your loved ones and if you’re always willing to provide love and support when it’s needed.

3. You are polite and respectful

Being polite and respectful is a hallmark of a good person. If you treat people the way you want to be treated, then you’re showing respect to others and you’re a better person than most.

A good person doesn’t put others down to make themselves better.

They know everybody is going through challenges in life, so they keep the peace and respect the individuality of each and every person.

4. You are kind to everyone

Kindness is a wonderful way to let another struggling soul know that there is still love in this world.

A good person with strong moral values knows this.

Good people can see past people’s flaws and focus on the positive traits of anyone.

So if you’re a kind person, then you’re probably better than you think you are.

A good person is also a good listener, not listening to respond and inject themselves into the conversation but listening for the sake of listening.

5. You’re honest

Honesty is a rare trait these days. People are always trying to be something they’re not.

But a good person knows who they are and what they’re not. They speak their truth and not what they think other people want to hear.

This also means that good people are consistent in their behavior. Everybody likes them for the person they are. Because they stay who they are.

So if you’re not contrived, and you genuinely express what you’re really thinking and feeling, you’re probably a good person that people love spending time with.

6. You’re optimistic

Good people see the best in situations. It doesn’t mean they avoid reality, but they realize that there is no point in complaining and worrying.

A good person wants to progress forward, and optimism is the attitude that helps them do that.

And compared to someone who’s pessimistic and negative all the time, positive people feel much lighter and more enjoyable to be around in general.

If you can say that you make the most of every situation and rarely dwell on the negative you’re likely doing better than you think you are in this crazy journey of life.

7. You are generous with others

You know you’re a good person if you think about others first.

A good person doesn’t take advantage of anyone because they treat people with dignity and respect.

Do you only make decisions after considering everyone around you?

Then you’re probably a better person than you think you are.

8. You take responsibility for your actions

A person with high integrity owns their mistakes. They don’t try to pin blame on outside forces or circumstances.

A good person always steps up to the plate when things get through and owns up to the promises they make to follow through on them.

A good person doesn’t disappear when things get hard; they finish what they started and stick it out, doing the best they can to fulfill their duties.

9. You’re wise

Being wise doesn’t mean being intelligent. Wisdom is about using the information you’ve learned through experience to make a good life for yourself and for the people around you.

A good person is learning from their environment and passing that knowledge on to help those around them.

If you can say you’re open-minded when it comes to learning and you’re not stubborn about turning away new perspectives, then you’re probably doing better than you think you are.

10. You don’t wallow in self-pity

A good person doesn’t feel sorry for themselves. They realize that it doesn’t get them anywhere and it’s just a waste of time.

Even if the odds are stacked against them, they move forward in whatever way they can. It’s the only effective way to live.

11. People can trust you

No virtue is more universally accepted as a test of good character than trustworthiness.

This is why a good person is extremely trustworthy.

You can always rely on these people to have a word as strong as stone.

So if you refuse to let others down, and you live up to your word, then you’re most likely a good person that treats others with respect.

12. You’re genuine

Everybody loves being around a genuine person.

There are no lies or dishonesty. What you see is what you get.

A good person doesn’t try to be someone they’re not to impress others.

If you can say that you don’t try to be someone you’re not and you accept yourself for all that you are, then you’re probably doing better than you think.

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Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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