14 underrated habits of genuinely cool people

Cool people seem to have it all together. 

While they may not have the star power of someone like Eminem, their unique demeanor sets them apart.

What’s their secret sauce? 

Do they have a secret manual that we mere mortals can’t get our hands on? 

Well, no. 

It’s all about their sneaky little habits that make them the epitome of cool. 

Here are 14 underrated habits of cool people that are often unspoken of.

1) They practice self-care

Now, you might be thinking “what does taking care of myself have to do with being cool?” 

The answer is simple: everything. 

You see, cool people know that self-care is the key to maintaining their chill vibes. 

We’re talking about getting enough z’s, eating like a boss, breaking a sweat on the regular, and finding ways to relax and de-stress. 

But it’s not just about being physically healthy.

It’s about feeling good in your own skin. 

It’s like, if you don’t take care of yourself, you’re running on empty and you can’t be cool if you’re running on empty. 

Think of self-care like the gas for your coolness car, without it, you ain’t going nowhere. 

And the best part? 

When you’re feeling good, it shows in your confidence and attitude, money and achievements.

As long as you’re fueling your coolness with self-care, you’ll be cruising on the coolness highway forever!

2) They’ve got their strengths and limitations figured out

They aren’t living under any illusion that they’re perfect.

They know they have weaknesses and flaws, but they aren’t sweating it. 

What’s important is recognizing where you shine and playing to those strengths instead of trying to be a jack of all trades, master of none. 

That’s like trying to be cool by being overly confident, it’s just uncomfortable and unnecessary. 

Like wearing a sweater in the middle of a heatwave, you’ll just look like you’re trying too hard and not succeeding. 

But cool people, they know when to ask for help too.

They aren’t too cool for school, they know they aren’t the end-all-be-all and they surround themselves with mentors, colleagues, teachers, and even friends who can help them out along the way.

3) They’re open to learning and growing

Being cool is not an easy thing to do. 

Because the world is constantly changing and evolving, and so is the concept of coolness

So, true coolness is not about being stuck in one particular look or style.

It’s about being open-minded, adaptable, and always on the hunt for new experiences.

The real cool people are the ones who aren’t afraid to try something new, even if it’s not ‘in’ at the moment. 

They’re always asking themselves, “What’s next? What can I learn from this? How can I make this even cooler?”

They stay curious and open to change, and that’s what makes them true coolness icons.

They take time to reflect and learn something new, even if it takes them a while to get there.

I’ll go into greater detail in my following point.

4) They’re curious

It’s like being a detective on the hunt for the answers to life’s greatest mysteries. 

And the cool people are like the Sherlock Holmes of the school yard. 

They’re always asking questions, digging deeper, and trying to unravel the secrets of the universe. 

They’re not content with just accepting things at face value.

They want to know the nitty-gritty details. 

Cool people are active participants in their own lives and are always on the lookout for new and exciting things to learn. 

They don’t shy away from challenging opinions or difficult questions, but they embrace them with open arms. 

You can say they’re like the ultimate life-long learners and they’re not afraid to share their curiosity with others. 

5) They don’t sweat the small stuff

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This is an underrated habit of cool people because most people tend to complain and complain.

You have to know when to let go of the small stuff and focus on the bigger picture. 

The real cool people know that life is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and that’s just part of the ride. 

They don’t get too caught up in the little things, they know that they’re not worth sweating over. 

Instead, they focus on making the best choices for themselves and living in the present moment. 

They don’t waste time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future.

Because they’re too busy making the most of today. 

And let’s be real, one of the quickest ways to lose your cool is to constantly nitpick and complain. 

6) They’re not afraid to say what’s on their mind

This is another underrated habit of cool people.

People are always trying to out-cool each other.

So they’ll go to great lengths to appear more cool than they actually are. 

But that’s not what cool people do. 

They’re not afraid of speaking their minds or being open and honest about who they really are. 

That’s the mark of a truly strong person.

They know that by being honest, they’re also helping them grow and develop into a better, more authentic person. 

That’s something that physical toughness can’t do, no matter how many push-ups they do or how much they bench press (or lift weights)!

7) They make bold choices and decisions with confidence

Self-doubt is the kryptonite of coolness. 

Cool people make bold choices and decisions with confidence, knowing that they’re capable of handling whatever comes their way. 

They don’t shy away from trying new things or being different, they embrace it. 

They know that it’s their unique perspective and individuality that makes them special and sets them apart. 

And they’re happy with the decisions they make. I’ll explain more on this next.

The point is, cool people know the only thing uncooler than a lack of confidence is a cape that’s too long and gets caught in things.

So, if you want to be cool, just remember to have confidence in yourself and your decisions.

And always keep your cape at a manageable length!

8) They’re happy with their life decisions and know how to make them

So, what does happiness look like to cool people? 

It looks like having a clear vision of how they want to live, who they want to become, and where they want to go. 

And they take the steps necessary to get there. 

They know that happiness is like the secret ingredient in a recipe for a fulfilling life. 

Cool people are not afraid to follow their passions, even if it means making some drastic changes. 

They know that the best decisions they make in life will be ones where they’ll be happiest or feel best about. 

That’s how cool people stay happy and grounded.

9) They’re authentic 

Being cool is like being a diamond.

You have to be authentic, shiny, and unique. 

Cool people know that being true to yourself is the ultimate form of coolness. 

It means that they don’t give a damn about what anyone thinks of them!

They believe in doing things the right way.

And they don’t waste time worrying about how others perceive their choices. 

Cool people are honest about who they really are and what they really feel. 

They don’t try to be someone they’re not or who other people want them to be. 

This underrated habit is key to being cool because they accept who they are and don’t try to be someone else.

10) They respect boundaries 

Cool people know their own limits and boundaries

They respect themselves enough to say exactly what those boundaries are and how far they’ll go. 

It’s not about them being weak or having no willpower.

It’s about knowing that the best thing you can do for yourself is put your needs first. 

So, cool people don’t get caught up in situations that upset or offend them, because that’s just not cool. 

They don’t need to yell or argue to get their point across.

Instead, they just disappear like a ninja, and observe the situation from a distance.

They understand that people have different opinions and different backgrounds, so they let people be themselves. 

They don’t try to control situations or others with words or actions. 

11) They resist the urge to judge others 

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Being judgmental is not cool. 

It’s a sign that you’re closed-minded, hypocritical and rude. 

Some people judge others because they don’t think they’re doing enough to stand out from the crowd (which is not cool!).

But, cool people know that everyone has struggles and pain that goes along with living life. 

They don’t play the comparison game, and they don’t measure their own worth based on how they stack up against others. 

They won’t sacrifice their ethics or integrity just to impress others.

They value authenticity and truth above all else, and they know that’s what makes them stand out in a world full of phonies.

12) They embrace change instead of protesting or complaining about it 

Cool people aren’t afraid of no change, they welcome it with open arms and a high-five! 

They’re like ‘Bring it on, change! Let’s see what you got!’ 

They know that change is like a wild roller coaster ride, sometimes it’s scary but mostly it’s awesome. 

And even when it’s not, they know that it’s all part of the journey.

They’re always learning and growing from each new experience, whether it’s good or bad. 

Change can be tough, but cool people take it like a champ, with dignity and integrity. 

They’re grateful for it, because they know that change is what keeps life interesting and helps them evolve and adapt like a boss.

I’ll include more details on this in my next point.

13) They’re grateful and appreciative 

Cool cats are like “Grateful and appreciative? That’s my middle name!”.

They know that being thankful for what you have and the daily experiences in life is like the secret sauce to happiness.

They appreciate what’s in front of them and are thankful for the little things. 

And this includes the changes in their life.

Cool people know that everything that happens to them is for a reason, even if they don’t comprehend the reason for now.

They realise that every day is a gift and to seize it you must be grateful for what your life has right now, even if it might not seem like much. 

And they show gratitude by doing whatever they can to make tomorrow better than today.

14) They’re kind and compassionate towards others

Now, why is this an underrated habit of cool people?

Because we often associate being ‘cool’ as being mean to others.

Cool people are nice, kind and compassionate to others because it makes them feel good and provides a sense of satisfaction that they’re helping other people. 

They don’t do it for status or to get something in return. 

They’re naturally inclined to help others if they can. 

This is why cool people are always looking out for their friends, family and even strangers if they can.

It’s cool to be ‘uncool’

These habits might not seem cool at first glance, but trust me, they’re what cool people do naturally. 

You can’t fake it, that’s why they’re underrated. 

But, they’re also super important for living your best life. 

Why are they underrated? 

Maybe because they don’t fit the typical “cool person” stereotype or because they’ll keep you from being a social outcast. 

Either way, if you put in the work to be a cool person, people around you will probably think you’re cool too.

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Dania Aziz

A spirited lifestyle and love advocate, who loves to explore the two to help herself and others discover what they are really searching for.

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