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15 Things Only Genuine People Would Understand

15 Things Only Genuine People Would Understand

Who doesn’t like a genuine person? And perhaps that is what makes this group of people special and likable. Being genuine is an attractive quality that somehow builds character and defines our inner strength. In a world where we have few real and lasting things to hold on to, being genuine becomes a rare gem.

1. You follow your own path.

Genuine people do not follow the paths others define for them. Rather they tap through unconventional routes to craft their own paths and discover their own routes. Being genuine means forging your own unique route and pursuing your own passions and purpose.

2. You possess your self-esteem.

Genuine people can manage failures and criticism. They have solid self-confidence and respect that is built on their strength of character which defines how they can react to what is positive or negative.

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3. You can admit your fault.

Genuine people are not ashamed to take responsibility for things if they go wrong. You understand that you are human and you make mistakes, yet it doesn’t stop you from standing up to face the consequences of your actions.

4. You are not disturbed by failure.

Genuine people understand what failure means; that it is a source of learning and it dictates how much progress they will make. They do not follow the conventional approach of playing it safe, yet are willing to take risks to chart a new and undiscovered course.

5. You are expressive.

It takes authenticity to speak out your mind and open your thoughts, beliefs and desires to the world. This simply shows that they are comfortable with who they are.

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6. You listen to your inner voice rather than your surroundings.

They understand who they are and are perfectly in tune with their internal world. Such bravery means they have to spend time exploring their own ideals, standards and expectations to chart their course in life.

7. You are not overly critical of others.

As much as they are honest with their own faults, genuine people can embrace differences in opinion, ideals and individuality of various people. This makes them more tolerant, less judgmental and unbiased in their dealings with people.

8. You listen to others.

There is a reason why we have two ears and one mouth. Genuine people understand the importance of listening and how this relates to genuine communication.

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9. You show gratitude.

Genuine people are thankful for the things they have and are not afraid to say or show this. Being grateful doesn’t rub off or make them struggle with their self esteem but rather contributes to it.

10. You offer sincere compliments.

You are able to offer candid compliments to those who are deserving of it. You know that by offering candid compliments you are reinforcing the person who deserves it.

11. You practice what you preach.

You are not full of it or boastful about whom you are. You see yourself the same way you want others to see you. Basically, you practice what you advise others to do.

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12. You don’t seek attention.

You are not seeking validity from others but rather, from yourself. While attention-seekers need a hole to be filled by others, genuine people have self confidence and self awareness to deal with their achievements.

13. You understand where to find real happiness.

While others seek happiness and satisfaction from outside, genuine people seek happiness from within, in relationships with genuine friends, family and the satisfaction they get from their work.

14. You are sincere.

Genuine people are honest with others and themselves. Since they are in touch with their internal beings, they are self-aware and clear on whatever stand they take.

15. You are predictable.

In a good way you can predict what a genuine person can do or say. Genuine people are solid and consistent about what actions they will take or where they are headed, and are rarely moved to take these decisions based on external factors

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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