Do you have a hard time saying no to a friend in need?
Do you constantly find yourself lending a helping hand, even if it means sacrificing your own Netflix time?
If so, you might just be a giving and selfless person!
But don’t just take my word for it.
Let’s put your selflessness to the test with this handy list of 10 personality signs that scream “I’m a true giver”!
1) You’re always the first one to volunteer
Just like a superhero jumping into action as soon as they hear a call for help.
Your generosity and selflessness are truly inspiring, and everyone knows that if they need a helping hand, you’re the first person they’ll turn to.
Even when it comes to the smallest tasks, you’re always the first one to raise your hand.
Like the time when the office was out of coffee and you offered to brave the wilds of the office kitchen to make a fresh pot.
Or the day when someone needed a ride to the airport and you offered up your car to get them there on time.
You’re not just a volunteer, you’re a Volunteer-A-Lot.
And that’s a badge of honor you should wear with pride!
2) The needs of others come before your own every time
You live your life as if every day is #GivingTuesday, and that every person has a right to be happy.
You believe in the power of small acts of kindness to change the world.
It could be something as simple as buying someone a coffee, or as big as helping a friend move house.
You’re constantly coming up with ways to do it, even if it’s something that’s outside of your comfort zone.
Like that time you offered to help your neighbor with their garden, even though you don’t know the first thing about gardening.
Or when you offered to babysit your friend’s kids for a weekend, even though you don’t have kids of your own.
You’re always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.
And that’s what makes you a true giving and selfless person.
3) You’re a person of your word
When you make a promise, you stick to it, no matter what.
You’re always going above and beyond, doing more than what’s expected, and that’s something that sets you apart from others.
You might surprise them sometimes with what you do, but you rarely disappoint them.
Whether it’s a promise to help a friend, or a commitment you’ve made at work, you’re always pushing yourself to do the best that you can do.
Your word is your bond, and your friends know it.
They don’t have to worry about you flaking out or backing down.
You don’t shy away from responsibility or hard work, you take it on with a sense of purpose and determination.
4) Gentleness is your default response to others
You’re like a fluffy teddy bear, who’s always there to give a hug and make everything better.
Even when life gets tough and people are being difficult, you’re always able to keep your cool and respond with kindness and understanding.
You’ll rarely raise your voice or insult people, even when they deserve it.
You’re more of a “turn the other cheek” kind of person, who believes that everyone deserves a second chance.
It’s like you’re constantly looking for the best in people, even when they’re at their worst.
Like the time when someone cut you off in traffic, you just smiled and waved instead of flipping them off.
You’re the opposite of a hothead.
And your gentleness is also why it’s hard for you to say no to people.
I’ll explain more in my next point.
5) You find it hard to say no when someone asks for help
It’s like you’re a real-life genie, always ready to help and make people’s wishes come true
When someone needs a hand, it’s hard for you to turn them down.
You might have to put something off, or do something in your free time, but you’ll always find a way to help them out.
Even if it means sacrificing your own plans and goals.
Like the time when you gave your friend a ride to work, even though you had a big deadline at work that day.
Or when you drove across town to deliver something for someone on your lunch break, despite having important things to do in the afternoon.
Your generous and selfless nature is the reason why people feel free to ask you for help.
You’re sensitive and caring towards those who are feeling sad or upset
6) You’re sensitive and caring towards those who are feeling sad or upset
Another personality sign of a giving and selfless person.
You just can’t stand to see someone go through a rough time.
It breaks your heart to see people upset, and it makes you want to do whatever you can to make them feel better.
Anyone who’s going through a hard time can share their problems with you, and know that you’ll listen to them.
And when they’re feeling upset or sad, you’re always there to comfort them.
They feel comfortable opening up to you because they know that they can trust you with their feelings.
You’re like the best kind of therapist because you’re not judgmental or critical.
You are a true friend to have on a tough day.
7) You’re a good listener
Your listening skills are off the charts!
You’re wonderful at hearing people out and giving feedback without being critical or judgmental.
You give them your full attention, and don’t interrupt or rush them.
And you take the time to listen to every story, and every problem, no matter how trivial it might seem.
Your friend needs someone to rant to about her toxic ex-boyfriend?
You’re like a sounding board.
You’ll nod your head and give thoughtful feedback, and probably add a couple of jokes here and there to lighten the mood, making the whole process less daunting.
Having the attribute of being a good listener also equips you with the capability to provide insightful advice.
I’ll get into more details in my next point.
8) You’re a natural at giving advice
People come to you for answers like a thirsty plant comes to water.
You’ve got a sixth sense for figuring out what’s really going on, or maybe you just have all the answers.
Either way, you’re not afraid to speak your mind, even if it’s not what your friends want to hear.
Sure, it might sting a bit.
But let’s be real, sugarcoating things is like putting whipped cream on a turd sandwich.
Because sometimes, the truth is like a slap in the face, but it’s better than a punch in the gut.
Take that time your friend told you she was getting down and dirty with her married boss, she was worried you’d cut her off like a bad coupon, but nope!
Yes, of course you told her that was not exactly the noblest thing to be doing.
But you still stayed by her side, no judgment, no questions asked.
9) You’re always looking for ways to give back
Giving back to the community is like breathing to you, it’s just something you gotta do.
You’re the kinda person who would rather give someone the shirt off your back than receive a gift yourself.
Seeing the positive impact you make on others is like a hit of pure joy.
Like that time you donated your old clothes to a homeless shelter and saw a dude wearing your old “I love Poutine” t-shirt.
It was like a moment of cosmic connection.
Helping others is like the ultimate power-up, it’s like a 1-up for the soul.
10) You’re like the ultimate “glass half full” person
You’re grateful for everything you have and that’s what makes you the giving, selfless person that you are.
You’re one of the lucky ones in life.
And you know it!
You realize that a lot of people have it harder than you.
Even though you’ve had some tough times and heartbreaks, you’re still rocking a heart of gold and a gratitude attitude.
You understand that life ain’t always a bowl of cherries, but you can keep things in perspective.
Like when your car broke down, but then you remembered “at least it’s not a horse and buggy” and you were able to laugh about it.
You know that being grateful is like the secret sauce to happiness.
You get what you give
Sure, being a giver sounds all warm and fuzzy, but it can be tough.
Giving up your precious time, money, or even just a good night’s sleep for someone else?
But honestly, it’s not all bad.
Being a giving and selfless person can help you build a better life and make you happier.
Plus, let’s be real, it’s nice to feel like a good person, even if it’s just for a little while.
Just remember, don’t let anyone take advantage of your kindness.
Set those boundaries and don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ when someone’s taking you for a ride.
And even if it means potentially missing out on something, it’s better than being taken advantage of.
So, if you recognize yourself in these traits, congratulations! You’re a true giver. Being a giving and selfless person can be tough at times, but it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. Keep spreading kindness and compassion wherever you go, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. The world needs more people like you!
And remember, being selfless is not about never being selfish, it is about finding a balance, where we can give and take when necessary and we can maintain a good relationship with ourselves and others.