20 signs you’re a genuine person (and why others love you for it)

I don’t know about you, but I strive to always be a genuine person. In doing so, I work hard to stay true to myself and live authentically, while also being sincere and honest with others.

Being a genuine person also means never putting up a front. If you’re your true, authentic self, you won’t ever have a facade. You don’t try to be someone you’re not. Your life is not about impressing people.

Do you consider yourself a genuine person, too? How authentic are you living? If you’re not sure, here are 20 signs that indicate you are living your truth: 

1) You are authentic

People love you because they can trust that you’re not pretending, lying, or putting up a front.

They appreciate your genuine nature because they know what they see is what they get. 

Your authenticity validates their trust in you and makes them feel comfortable being themselves around you.

2) You show empathy

Genuine people possess empathy. They are able to understand other people’s feelings and put themselves in their shoes. 

People love that about you because you genuinely care about their emotions and experiences. They feel heard and validated in your presence. 

Your empathy validates their emotions and makes them feel supported.

3) You listen actively

Active listening is a powerful skill that genuine people possess. 

If you have this gift, you give your full attention to other people.You not only listen to what they have to say, you can immerse yourself in other people’s experiences. 

People love this about you because they feel seen. They know their words matter to you.

4) You are trustworthy

Trust is the foundation of any strong relationship, and genuine individuals are known for being trustworthy

People love this about you because they know they can confide in you without fear of judgment or betrayal. 

“Your secret is safe with me” or “you can tell me anything,” you might say. And, you actually mean it, so people feel safe opening up to you. Your support is comforting even if you do offers advice.

5) You are non-judgmental

Being non-judgmental means accepting others without criticism or prejudice. 

Around you, people feel accepted, regardless of their choices or circumstances. 

They know that you won’t judge them based on superficial factors, so they can be their authentic selves too. This beautiful quality in you then fosters a sense of belonging for the people in your orbit.

6) You celebrate others’ successes

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Genuine individuals celebrate the achievements and successes of others with no motivation other than to applaud. 

You are not the jealous type. And when you see someone succeed, you offer sincere support and rejoice when they reach their goals. That takes a truly genuine person.

People love you because they feel genuinely celebrated and supported by you. They didn’t need your validation, but it is welcomed and it only strengthened your bond.

7) You practice kindness

Kindness is a beautiful trait that genuine people possess. You show kindness to others through your words and actions, brightening their day and making them feel valued. 

If you genuinely care about others’ well-being, you are as authentic as they come. 

Your kindness validates their worthiness of love and compassion, and you don’t expect anything in return. 

8) You are reliable

When a friend needs you, you’re there. Reliability is a key characteristic of genuine people. 

Everyone loves you because they can depend on you, especially when it really matters.

They know that when you make a commitment, you’ll follow through. You won’t leave anyone hanging if you can help it. You’ll show up when it counts. 

9) You offer support

Genuine people offer support without expecting anything in return. 

You genuinely care about others’ well-being and go out of your way to help them with no strings attached. 

People love you because they feel your sincere support without any hidden agendas. Your selflessness validates their worthiness of help and support.

10) You are humble

Humility is a quality no one can master. You either have it or you don’t. 

A truly humble soul won’t boast about their accomplishments or seek attention for their good deeds. And when someone praises them for it, it might even make them bashful. 

A truly genuine person is as down-to-earth as can be. 

11) You are open-minded

Genuine people approach life with an open mind. They are always willing to consider different perspectives and ideas. 

If you embody this inclusive quality, people love you because they feel heard and respected by you. Even if you hold different opinions, your open-minded ways offers a sense of mutual respect.

12) You practice forgiveness

Genuine individuals have the capacity to forgive others. 

If you’ve mastered this, you are a genuine person. You understand that forgiveness is a healing act that benefits both parties involved. 

Sincere people are good at making rights out of their wrongs. They’re able to say sorry. By the same token, they are comfortable accepting apologies. 

Harnessing the power to forgive isn’t always easy. If this is an area you struggle with, I’d recommend this insightful video created by the shaman Rudá Iandé. 

Thanks to Rudá’s guidance, I learned how to navigate complex relationships and situations. He’s had similar experiences in his life and has a lot of tips and tricks on making you stronger emotionally.

After I watched his video, I felt empowered and more capable of accepting other people and myself.

Try it out by clicking here to watch the free video.

13) You don’t have an inflated ego 

Genuine people are humble and don’t have an inflated sense of self-importance

You don’t seek constant validation or put yourself above others, so people are more likely to feel comfortable around you.

14) You embrace vulnerability

Genuine individuals are comfortable being vulnerable and allowing others to see their authentic selves. 

When you are disarm yourself, you create a safe space for others to do the same. This ability helps foster deeper connections and trust. 

People love you for this because they can be themselves around you.

15) You practice gratitude

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Genuine people express gratitude for the people and experiences in their lives. 

The genuine person will acknowledge and appreciate the kindness and support they receive. 

If you’re able to do this, others around you will appreciate you appreciating them. It reinforces the positive impact they have on your life.

16) You have a positive outlook

Genuine individuals tend to have a positive outlook on life, even in the face of challenges. 

You radiate optimism and encourage others to see the bright side of things. You’re a calming force!

People appreciate this quality because positivity can be infectious. If you’re happy, you’ll lift other people’s spirits and remind them to find joy in everyday moments like you!

17) You prioritize authenticity over popularity

Genuine people prioritize staying true to themselves rather than seeking approval or popularity. 

If you’re not afraid to go against the crowd because you’re being true to your values and beliefs, more power to you. You’re so genuine! 

People will admire you for your authenticity and see you as a role model. 

18) You embrace diversity

Genuine individuals appreciate and embrace diversity in all its forms. 

You respect and value people from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. You foster inclusivity. 

You help people feel accepted and celebrated for who they are, which is such a wonderful quality. 

19) You are generous

Genuine people are generous with their time, money, resources, and kindness. 

You are willing to give without expecting anything in return. When you help other people, you know it’s with no strings attached. 

Your genuine generosity and selflessness is impactful. It gives people a sense of worthiness and support.

20) You inspire others

Genuine individuals inspire others to be their best selves. From everything you read on this list, everything can be considered providing a great example to those around you.

Your authenticity, kindness, and compassion inspire others to follow in your footsteps and make a positive impact on the world. 

People love you because they feel motivated and empowered by your presence. 

How to be more genuine

We are all a work in progress. If you don’t quite hit the mark on most of the points in the list above, don’t worry. You can still become a genuine person by being mindful of your actions.

With thought, care, and practice. People will love you for it, and recognize how sincere and genuine you really are.

Want to put in the work? Try these for starters: 

  • Be unapologetically yourself while respecting other people’s points of view
  • Be vulnerable and develop genuine connections with others
  • Be positive and open-minded in various facets of your life
  • Even when you accomplish your goals (big or small), don’t develop an ego 
  • Give credit where it’s due, and be genuinely happy for those people (not jealous)
  • Don’t be shallow and materialistic 
  • Love yourself—imperfections and all

In short, you do you. Remember, authenticity and being genuine are qualities that can be cultivated over time. 

While it may come naturally for some people, others—due to upbringing, outside forces, and personality—many hot have as easy of a time. 

In addition, for those who suffer from self-esteem issues, their insecurities will hinder them from living authentically. They always have something to prove, which will be the biggest obstacle in their way. 

Embrace these signs and steps as guideposts on your journey to being a genuine person. Know that your genuine nature has a profound and positive impact on the lives of those around you, so it’s worth the work. 

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Ysolt Usigan Schmidt

Ysolt Usigan is a lifestyle writer and editor with 15+ years of experience working in digital media. She has created share-worthy content for publishers WomansDay.com, Shape, WhatToExpect, CafeMom, TODAY, CBSNews, HuffingtonPost, TheBump, Health Magazine, and AskMen. A working mom of two, her editorial expertise in relationships, spirituality, mental wellness, shopping, and home are rooted in her everyday life.

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