Integrity or nothing, no other choice
PERSON with integrity is one who always do the right thing even if no one is looking.
Webster dictionary defines integrity as the quality of being honest or having strong moral principles. It is widely believed that people with integrity are generally known to be trustworthy, honest, and kind. This is a quality that everyone should strive for
According to https://www.powerofpositivity.com/ integrity-traits/, there are 10 behaviors that signify someone has true integrity. These are the following:
1. Taking responsibility for their actions. Integrity is all about having a high level of honesty. When someone takes responsibility for their actions, you know that they are an honest person. People with integrity choose to do the right thing, even when it’s hard.
2. Putting others’ needs above their own. People who put the needs of others above their own needs or desires show true integrity. Someone with true integrity is only interested in doing the right thing.
3. Offering to help others in need. Seth Meyers, Psy.d, says that volunteer work is a great place to find people who have integrity. This is because people with true integrity have no qualms offering their time to help people in need. Whether it’s working with others to build a house in a developing country, or helping out at the local food bank, someone with true integrity will be found helping those in need.
4. Giving others the benefit of the doubt. Seth Meyers also says that someone with integrity doesn’t jump to conclusions. They always give others the chance to explain themselves, and move forward considering those other points of view.
5. Choosing honesty in all things. Integrity means being honest, and someone with true integrity will live this quality every day. You can always trust these kinds of people to give you their honest opinion, and it will be a point of view that you can value.
6. Showing respect to everyone. Someone with true integrity knows that everyone deserves respect and deserves to be treated like a human being.
People with true integrity will never be caught being rude to waiters or customer service workers.
7. Manifesting humility. A person with integrity will be proud of their accomplishments, but they will at the same time be humble. In other words, they know the difference between confidence and arrogance. A person with true integrity will know their strengths as well as their shortcomings. They recognize their strong points, yet they’re always striving to better themselves in some way.
8. Being able to admit they’re wrong. A person with true integrity has no problem admitting when they’re wrong, or when they made a mistake. You will find they are always the first to stop, admit their mistakes, and apologize if need be.
9. Showing regular reliability. A person with true integrity will always show up to an obligation. When they say you can count on them for something, you know they will keep their word. Integrity is all about being the best person you can be, and reliability is part of that. People with true integrity will never flake on you if they can help it. You can confidently rely on them.
10. Conveying true kindness. Above all, people with integrity are kind. They’re not the type of person to say something they don’t mean. They won’t say something nice to your face and something cruel to your back. A person with true integrity knows that there is strength in being unrelentingly kind.
Lastly, the website concluded that, integrity is a trait that everyone should strive for. These traits and behaviors will help anyone move towards becoming a person with true integrity. Of course, people with true integrity do these things because it’s the right thing – not to be praised for their integrity! That is part of the beauty of someone who lives a life of integrity.
This Corner hopes that everyone will find integrity as the only thing that will separate right from wrong for there will never be neutral in being right or wrong.* W
E ALL have experienced stress. It’s part of life. There’s good stress though, like when taking an exam or engaging in sports or competitions. This stress enables us ‘run the extra mile’, so to speak.
According to medical books, when you are stressed, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed up your reaction time, and enhance your focus.
The body can recover from short-term stress. But being stressed for a long time can lead to health issues. Problems, anxieties, pressure, loss of a loved one, traumatic experiences, depression, sickness and a lot of other negative situations can cause long-term stress. It can also seriously interfere with your job and relationships.
When stressed, medical professionals sometimes recommend exercise, which can help lower stress and anxiety by releasing endorphins and improve sleep and self-image. There are also several supplements that promote stress and anxiety reduction.
Well, here’s good news especially for nature lovers. According to a new research, taking at least 20 minutes to stroll or sit in a place that makes you feel in contact with nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels. Healthcare practitioners can use this discovery, published in Frontiers in Psychology, to prescribe “naturepills” in the knowledge that they have a real measurable effect.
Dr. Mary Carol Hunter, an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan and lead author of this research said: “Our study shows that for the greatest payoff, in terms of efficiently lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol, you should spend 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking in a place that provides you with a sense of nature.”
In the research paper, nature is defined as anywhere outside that, in the opinion of the participant, included a sufficiency of natural elements to feel like a nature interaction. Natural elements, in my opinion, can mean trees, mountains, rivers, seashore or even stars at night. Perhaps a park, where some of these elements are present, may provide the venue for stress relief.
The problem with some cities or towns is that they have no public park. Lucky for us in Angeles and Mabalacat, we have Clark. During weekends, the picnic ground is teeming with people who spend their time eating, playing or simply lying down under the Acacia trees. The parade ground on the other hand is full of joggers and strollers every single day.
So, when you feel that you are about to erupt due to too much stress, just commune with nature. You can also lift up your spirit by thanking God for his wonderful creation.*