Human qualities are things that cannot always be taught. When our parents and teachers brief us about it in our childhood days and try to instill these qualities in us, it is up to the individual to imbibe them at the same time. In today's fast-paced world, many of these human qualities are left far behind. One of the most important of all human qualities is sympathy. Right from our school days, we are taught to be sympathetic towards others. Being sympathetic towards a person in a difficult time would help to lend that emotional support needed in that period. A sympathetic word or a kind act will help a person to build courage, which will go a long way. The characteristics that make us truly human and different from other primates essentially allow us to perform delicate tasks.
We are the only creatures that have opposable thumbs, and pharynx, that enables us to make complex sounds necessary for speech. The human pharynx forms in our early childhood, when the larynx migrates lower in the throat, making it impossible for humans to breathe and swallow at the same time. Even the ability to walk and run upright is a special characteristic that only humans can do. Secondary characteristics include the development of tools, self-awareness and the development of sophisticated speech. Our self-awareness, in turn, results in the development of religious beliefs. Those religious beliefs convince many that we also possess a soul, which defines us as humans, although some have said in the past that even animals have souls. Having empathy for others is a to be open-minded and compassionate enough to experience the pain of what somebody else is going through. To instill this quality in you, you would need to let go of your own selfish needs and pay attention to someone else's suffering as if it were your own. This great human quality would help you to establish a deeper connection with people who really need your love and support.
To be a good human being you would also need to have your sense of morality intact. To have the quality of morality would make you capable of distinguishing between what is good and evil. It is about practicing the right ethics in your personal as well as professional life. Having your sense of ethics intact would always make you a more responsible human being. To be humble is a virtue and knowing about this fine human quality and practicing the same in your everyday life would help you to reach a sense of fulfillment. Humility means being humble towards others, no matter what the proportions of your wealth or your achievements. A humble person is known by the greatness of his/her acts in helping people rather than harping about materialistic achievements in life.
The ability to forgive someone's mistake would take a lot of courage and open mindedness from your side. Forgiveness towards others for theirs selfish and hurtful acts, which may have disturbed you, is a very fine human quality one can have. To forgive such people would give you complete peace of mind instead of nurturing ill feelings towards that particular person.
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