What Are the Benefits of Being Humble?

1. Humility soothes the soul

Humble people are better able to cope with anxiety about their mortality.

Instead of erecting self-defences against death, humble people tend to find it provides a useful perspective on life and how it should be lived.

When it’s not all about you, interestingly, it makes death easier to contemplate.

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7. More helpful

Humble people are, on average, more helpful than people who are conceited or egotistical.

In a study by LaBouff et al. (2011), participants who were more humble, were more likely to offer help, and offered more of their time, to those in need.

Unsurprisingly, humble people have also been found to be more generous.

Humility Is Self-Awareness

Humility is often misunderstood and thought of as having a low opinion of one’s abilities and worth, but psychologists and theologians alike suggest a different definition. “Humble people are not self-deprecating,” says psychologist Christ Peters in an article for Psychology Today, “but rather accurate in how they regard and present themselves.” Cultivating this sort of honest accuracy in your self-assessment will help you to know where your talents and limits truly lie, saving you from embarrassment in some situations while ensuring greater success in others. Meanwhile, you will have an honest and accurate sense of which areas you truly need to improve.

You become a better friend

Live happily together in a spirit of harmony, and be as mindful of another’s worth as you are your own. Don’t live with a lofty mind-set, thinking you are too important to serve others, but be willing to do menial tasks and identify with those who are humble minded. Don’t be smug or even think for a moment that you know it all.

Romans 12:16 TPT

Are you mindful of the worth of the people around you? This is what it means to be a friend. When we are constantly striving to be better than people, competing with them and either envying or criticizing them, we diminish their worth and we strip not only them of friendship, but ourselves as well.

If we want to live happily with others, we have to be willing to humble ourselves enough to not try to be better or more important than the people around us. This doesn’t mean we think less of ourselves, but rather that we think more of others.

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends.

Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

Philippians 2:1 MSG

We learn to put others first from our relationship with God. When we see that God is a friend to us, we can forget ourselves long enough to be a friend to others.

Reflection questions

  • How has God been trying to be your friend? How have you been responding?
  • Who needs you to lend them a helping hand?

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