February 22, 2015 is National Be Humble Day!
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Some personality types are more generous than others, with humble people more willing to lend a helping hand than their arrogant counterparts, new research suggests.
Humble people may be more down to earth than arrogant people, but that doesn’t mean they think poorly of themselves. “In fact, rather than being insecure or reserved, humble people seem to be characterized by an accurate view of themselves, understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and comfort[able] with them,” lead researcher Jordan LaBouff, of the University of Maine, told LiveScience.
The study, published online this week in the Journal of Positive Psychology, adds to past research on the positive side of humility. For instance, a study to be published in the Academy of Management Journal, found that humble people make more effective and better-liked leaders than those who wear their achievements on their sleeves.
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The Benefits of Being Humble
Confidence is key to getting ahead in life. It helps you do better at work, in relationships, and in interviews. Overconfidence, however, can make you seem like a genuine jerk. We all know that one person that thinks they are the strongest, smartest, and just all around best at everything. Truthfully, we all dislike that person to some degree.
So, while confidence is essential, it’s important to stay humble as well (the two aren’t as contradictory as you might think). Remember the tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes: It’s okay to be wrong about something and, more importantly, it’s okay to admit that to others. This shows that you not only value your opinion and decisions, but that you also value the opinions and decisions of those around you.
People respond well to humility because it shows that you place yourself at the same level as them, and not above them.