“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah
It is being true to yourself and your ideals even if you have to cross several difficulties. It is striving to do the right thing for the benefit of the society and not only for yourself. It is having high moral principles and being an honest person.
The people who possess true integrity have these 13 qualities:
1. THEY ARE UNIQUE
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde
They are not the pretentious kind. People who have integrity are honest and authentic. They create their own path of truth, even if it is the difficult one, and are never afraid to follow it.
2. THEY DO NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHER PEOPLE
They will always be the first ones to help when someone is in need and will never take advantage of anyone. They believe one can never be happy at the expense of someone else.
3. THEY ALWAYS SEE THE GOOD IN OTHER PEOPLE
They believe that behind all the facades, human beings are inherently good. This is the reason they always try to see the good in people and if someone tries to take advantage of them, they will distance themselves from such negativity.
4. BELIEVING IN OTHERS IS THEIR NATURE
“Hurt me with the truth but never comfort me with a lie” seems to be their motto. They believe easily. If someone lies to them once, they won’t listen to that person twice.
5. THEY ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST ONES TO APOLOGIZE
They are very humble and always looking to improve. If they have done something wrong, they always apologize, and rectify their errors. They don’t have a problem admitting that they did wrong.
6. THEY ALWAYS OFFER THEIR HELP
They are very helpful people and want to spread positive vibes. They believe the true meaning of life is in doing good for others. A person with true integrity will be one of the kindest people you will ever meet.
7. TREATING OTHERS WITH KINDNESS COMES NATURAL TO THEM
“Kindness rarely costs anything, but its worth is immeasurable.” ― Debasish Mridha
They are compassionate and will always brighten people’s lives whenever they can. When people are in need, they treat them with kindness.
8. THEY ARE THE MOST HUMBLE PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET
They are not aware of their own worth until someone tells them explicitly. They try to be there and do good for other people that they never think of their own value and worth.
9. THEY ARE HIGHLY INTUITIVE AND KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN SOMEONE ELSE’S LIFE
They can always sense if something is going on with someone; if they are upset or feeling down. They will always listen and try to help out and cheer them up.
10. THEY AVOID ARGUMENTS AND STAY OUT OF THEM
They are understanding people and will try to discuss things politely. They don’t argue about petty things, which is why people respect them.
11. PEOPLE WITH INTEGRITY ARE HONEST
“Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.” – Kent M. Keith
Too many people try to fit in by compromising their moral principles. People with integrity will never pretend to be someone else just to be accepted. They don’t like lies in any forms. They will be the most honest people you will ever meet.
12. THEY GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
They will always give you credit for things you did. They praise people who deserve it and will not engage in false flattery.
13. THEY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND WON’T WASTE IT
“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes.” ― Haruki Murakami
They understand the value of time and are grateful for people who spend it with them. They are aware of the responsibilities one has, and will not chain you down and would never waste your time.
If you know people with true integrity, you should be thankful and treasure them because they are rare. If you are one of them, be proud of yourself and never change!