Being a “good” human is difficult – no one can truly lay claim to coming up with the perfect version or even definition of a “good human”.
Perhaps one way of judging an individual is through their morals. Morals can be defined as an individual’s “standards of behaviour or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do”.
An individual sees their morals form over several years. It generally leads to how an individual approaches their life, and the impact they have on others.
An immoral person will likely cause problems to those around them. But a person with good morals is likely to have a positive impact on those around them.
We take a look at ten morals that are generally accepted as being positive, and conducive towards living a happy and long, fruitful life.
1. Practice what you preach
Remember, actions speak louder than words. If you complain about the actions of someone, or criticise their stance on something, you cannot then go and do the same thing.
Essentially, behave and act towards others as you would have others behave and act towards you. This is a belief that has been around for decades, yet continues to be true.
2. Respect Others
There is an age old saying about how when you are walking down a street and see others – whether a friend, family or total stranger – you simply don’t know what they might be going through.
Speak to others with respect, and show compassion when needed.
Being able to adjust or adapt in life is crucial. After all, nothing ever stays the same way for long.
In this ever-changing world, we can’t afford to be too rigid or obstinate. By adapting when necessary, we are able to grow as a person, and make continuous improvements to our life.
4. Advocate for Justice
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. This quote from the great Martin Luther King sums up the importance of seeking justice.
Many horrible things have been avoided in the world because of brave people who have dared to bring things to light, and not turn a blind eye.
Speaking up when wrongdoing is apparent can really help others – even if it is to your own detriment.
5. Be Honest
There isn’t really much to say on this subject. But lying is wrong – and can affect others negatively, and may even cause a bad conscience to develop.
By being honest, it helps you interact with others in a positive way.
6. Show Courage
Keep believing you can do things. It is so difficult when life throws up tough times, but, by having the courage to keep going, anything is possible.
Tenacity and persistence are excellent skills to have, and can be used in a variety of situations.
7. Be Patient
Sadly, not everything works out instantly. So many things we want in life takes time to develop. It can be easy to try and rush things, but by being patient, you can let nature run its course.
Taking each day as it comes can definitely help. After all, Rome wasn’t build in a day.
8. Be Loyal
Like being honest, being loyal to others is a great trait to have. Be a shoulder to cry on, be dependable, don’t talk behind their back.
Sure, they won’t always appreciate it, nor do it in return, but at least you’ve done a good job. You can sleep at night with a clear conscience.
9. Help those in need
Help wherever possible. Whether it is something small like helping an elderly person with heavy bags, helping a child with their homework or even giving directions to someone lost, helping others can be great.
Not only will it make you feel good about yourself, but it can also have a huge effect on the person you’ve helped. They might be going through a tough time, and by getting help when they need someone, it might just restore their faith in humanity.
Finally, love. Love others, love family, love your job, love your hobbies. Spread love and happiness wherever possible.
Love is the strongest emotion there is, and is what makes the world go round. By loving others, the world becomes a happier place.
After all, love is the one thing that can never truly be broken.
Most importantly, in life we have to try and be happy. It can be difficult when times are tough, and it may seem as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
But by living life with your morals intact, it should maximise your chances of happiness and success. Be well, and take care, you’ve got this!