We live during a time when people are encouraged to express and embrace their individuality. But, have you ever stopped to think about why that is?
What is it about individuality that is so worthy of praise?
What makes it so important?
Well, frankly, the simple answer to that question is that there is only one you.
You’re the only person in this whole world with your exact skills, talents, opinions, experiences, and personality. Yeah, there are some commonalities between you and other people, but no one person is exactly like you.
In this article, I'm going to show you the importance of knowing, accepting, loving, and expressing your individuality.
Out of All the People in the World, You’re the Only You
Each person, out of all the billions of people in the world, brings something unique to the table. As we said earlier, each person has a unique combination of life experiences that causes them to view the world the way they do.
Your individuality is a big part of who you are as a person; it’s what makes you different than anyone else on this planet. Your individuality allows you to fulfill your life’s purpose and do what you can to bring the most good to the world.
Your individuality is the key to what makes you, you. Without it, you lose what makes you unique in a world full of other people.
Expressing Your Individuality Comes Naturally, Once You Accept It
Once you accept your individuality, expressing it comes naturally. In order to achieve happiness in life, you have to be yourself and accept yourself and your individuality plays a huge role in that.
You have to accept what’s different about you, what makes you unique in order to get the full benefit from it. We all bring something unique to situations; we should embrace that and embrace our individuality.
The surge of encouragement to express and embrace your individuality comes from society realizing the importance of individuality and how it helps us move forward as a society.
Denying Your Individuality Can Lead to Depression
When you don’t allow yourself to express your individuality, but rather stifle it and try to conform, you’re not only doing society a disservice, but yourself.
Stifling individuality can lead to depression, traumatization, and can cause you to be numb to others around you, as well as your own emotions.
This depression can lead to anger and lashing out at others that are expressing what you’re trying to stifle. It’s unhealthy, while robbing the world of the great things your individuality would bring to the table.
It’s important for you to remember and internalize this point, as it is also important to not stifle the individuality of others.
We are often quick to judge those who are so comfortable in their individuality that no part of them seems to conform to what society deems the norm; we like to tell them that their wardrobe, hair, or accessory choices offend in some way, that they should conform to our standards.
The world needs individuals to continue growing and developing, they will usher us into the next era. For that very reason, it’s crucial for you to embrace your own individuality, as well as that of others.
In this day and age, individuality is not only praised but encouraged. What’s causing this surge in denying conformity?
Society is realizing that we need individuals and their individuality to carry us into the next era and help us to evolve and grow.
Individuality is a crucial thing we all must identify, own, and embrace. There is only one you out there, don’t squander your beauty and power by denying your individuality.
We all have something that makes us unique and special. However, to make the most out of these, we have to identify them, nurture them, and allow them to grow.
But, how do you identify what makes you special?
What sort of things can you do to make them stand out if you aren’t sure what makes you special? In this article, I'm going to guide you through several things you can do to help you identify what makes you special.
Make a List of What You’re Good at Doing
The first step is to see what you already know you’re good. This will help to give you some guidance and let you see where you already excel.
These items can include hobbies, sports, communication, etc. It’s important that you are open and honest in the construction of this list, as holding back or exaggerating about what you’re good at won’t get you very far and doesn’t hurt anyone but yourself.
Try New Things
Once you’ve completed your list, it will help guide you in a general direction for what you may be good at, but what about those things you haven’t tried? Maybe you already know you’re really good at sports, but what truly makes you special is how you are able to work so easily with all your teammates. It’s important to explore new things in the process of determining what makes you special.
Ask Those Close to You
Sometimes you need an outside perspective to really pinpoint what your good traits are and what makes you special. They are able to give you a less bias view, allowing you get a better sense of what makes you special.
The people you ask about this should be trustworthy and honest. You want to be sure that they will give you an honest and objective answer; otherwise, they’re only wasting your time.
Narrowing Down the List
In order to find what truly makes you special, rather than just what you’re good at, there’s a few questions you need to ask about each item on your list to help you narrow it down.
Of each item on your list, ask yourself: am I merely skilled at this, or does it make me special? You should ask yourself what, on the list, helps you do the most good?
If you are skilled at communication, for instance, you might find there are more opportunities to do good with that than say, a sport you’re good at, making it more likely to be what makes you special.
The most important question to ask, though, is do you bring something unique to the table with this skill? Is there something about how you do it that makes you a commodity? Answering this honestly will help point you in the right direction to determining what makes you special.
Everyone has something that makes them unique and special, some skill or talent that brings something unique to the table. Determining what it is that makes you special is crucial to your making the most of your skill and using it in a way that will bring the most good to the world.
It may take quite a bit of time and effort to determine what it is that makes you special, but it is crucial in determining where you can bring a unique set of skills and talents to the table, making you special.
I hope this helps you to identify what it is that makes you special, so you can go further and do more good in the world.
Most of us have been taught something about gratitude early in life. Since we were little, we’ve been conditioned to say, “thank you” along with other words like “sorry” and “excuse me” by our elders, parents and teachers at home and in school. Thank you - just two simple words that are so familiar since childhood, but its meaning goes far beyond that and beyond simply being polite.
What Is The Real Power Of Gratitude?
Gratitude is an outstanding habit to cultivate because of the endless positive benefits associated with it. Living a positive life, which is so important, is anchored on the attitude of gratitude. There are many scientific studies conducted on gratitude and there’s no doubt how immensely powerful its benefits are.
However, it takes understanding and learning what the concept really means in order to practice it effectively.
Gratitude is like a muscle that first needs to be discovered and then put into use. Eventually, regularly practicing gratitude will help us turn it into a habit. Fortunately, gratitude is not an inborn trait that you either have or you don’t. That’s a good thing because we can all improve it with more practice.
One Habit To Cultivate Gratitude
There are many ways to create a habit of gratitude. However, there is one very simple and powerful thing you can practice to cultivate gratitude and turn it into a habit. It is so simple that many people overlook it, yet it will do more for creating and maintaining an attitude of gratitude than anything else.
Acknowledge one thing that you are grateful for. And do it daily.
Whether you are expressing yourself verbally to a loved one and telling them how grateful you are for their presence in your life, or you’re quietly writing your gratitude list down in your private journal, the key to gratitude is simply expressing it. Express your gratitude by any means and do it daily.
Making a good habit, as we all know, is not easy. Cultivating gratitude as a habit becomes especially challenging when ‘expressing gratitude,’ ‘saying thank you,’ and simple ‘gestures of appreciation’ is alien to us.
Many people today find it so easy to complain but impossible to appreciate anything and to express appreciation. It can be really toxic not only to other people you are directing your complaints to but, more importantly, to yourself. Negative thinking is toxic to your wellbeing as it leaves you blind and unable to see the good in most situations.
People who consistently complain are naturally drawn to negativity, but they are also resistant to recognizing the good things. It’s like a curse that leaves you positivity-resistant. When people complain, they are essentially thinking negatively. It can be really harmful as we know how negative thoughts lead to more stress, worrying and anxiety.
A complaining habit blends well with many negative emotions such as feeling sad, anxious, and depressed. Complaining may appear natural and harmless, a natural human reaction. But little do most people realize that by doing so, they are magnifying negativity and effortlessly creating more problems.
Here are powerful ways to develop a habit of gratitude.
Train Your Brain to be Grateful
Our subconscious mind directs 95% of our actions and thoughts. To create a habit, you need to plant it on a subconscious level. At first, you will need to really train your brain consciously to be more grateful. It will feel difficult at first if it’s not natural for your brain to react that way.
Your conscious mind is doing most of the heavy lifting at this point; you are basically learning a new skill. But with consistent practice, it should only take a few weeks for your brain to rewire itself and adapt to your new pattern, which is gratitude.
Encourage Positivity with Helpful Tools
A gratitude journal can balance out our natural bias towards negativity. That’s why it is a powerful tool you can use to establish a new gratitude habit. Create gratitude lists daily. Reading powerful gratitude quotes and affirmations will also help improve your perspective.
Connect with Other People
Gratitude is a social emotion. Dr. Robert Emmons, a leading researcher on Gratitude, says that “people are more likely to feel grateful when they put their focus on others, rather than getting caught up in their own inner narratives about how things should have gone. Empathy for others can trigger a sense of gratitude.”
Just add some intention and attention, and your Thank You becomes a very powerful THANK YOU!