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12 Characteristics of a Simple Person to Emulate for More Happiness

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What does it mean to be a simple person? The answer might surprise you!

At one point, calling someone a “simple person” might have been an insult, along the lines of referring to them as a “simpleton”. However, the modern definition of what makes someone a simple person has shifted somewhat to refer to those who mindfully chose to slow down, simplify their life, and even practice minimalism.

In the hustle and bustle of the modern world, the promise of simple life can be tempting – but how to be simple? How can someone get started on this path?

Like many things, it starts with a mindset shift!

In this blog post, we will explore twelve characteristics most simple people have in common so you can pursue a happier and simpler life for yourself. You might also enjoy this list of ways to simplify every aspect of your life, from home to relationships to finances – and more!

A simple woman making DIY wall decor out of macrame to put in her home.

What is a simple person?

What makes someone a simple person and is it good or bad to be called simple?

A simple person is someone who can find happiness in the smallest things, who is content with what they have, and who finds ways to make space for what matters most to them, letting go of the rest.

Some might view these simple folk as being naive, easily manipulated, or downright boring. On the other hand, others might see them as being honest, easy-going, and down-to-earth. 

Here are twelve traits of simple people to help you decide if are or want to be one yourself.

READ MORE: 70 Simple Living Quotes to Embrace the Joy of a Simple Life

Characteristics of simple people

1. They are Grateful

A simple person finds joy in small things. They prefer to look on the bright side and be positive and grateful for what they have instead of focusing on what they don’t.

Simple people make gratitude a habit; they know how to savor a good cup of coffee, enjoy the fresh air on their faces as they walk through the park, and coming home to kiss their partner or children at the end of the day.

Instead of always wanting more, they are content with what they already have!

2. They are Genuine

A simple person is honest and authentic. They don’t have hidden agendas or motives. They are easy to be around, as you never have to worry about their true intentions.

They say what they mean and mean what they say, but never in a hurtful way.

However, a simple person is not afraid to be transparent or communicate openly and honestly. They don’t let others second-guess their actions or words, as they are always upfront about everything. When you receive criticism from them, it’s always gentle and constructive.

Read more about the characteristics of genuine and authentic people here.

3. They are Kindhearted

A simple person is kind and compassionate. They have a caring nature and are always looking out for the best interests of others. Even if they don’t know you well, they will still go out of their way to help you in any way they can.

They believe that everyone is deserving of kindness. They try to see the good in people, giving them chances even when others have thrown in the towel.

This can sometimes make life harder for them as people may try to take advantage of them – read this blog post on the red flags that someone might be a toxic person if this is something you struggle with! Kindness is wonderful, but it’s also important to protect yourself from negativity.

There is too much negativity in the world. Do your best to make sure you aren’t contributing to it.

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4. They Dislike Drama

They don’t like controversy, complicated relationships, or getting caught up in the drama.

You typically don’t see a simple person starting or getting involved in arguments or fights – it’s not worth their time and energy.

5. They are Thoughtful

A simple person is thoughtful. They listen to others and take time to think about what they’re going to say. They don’t blurt out the first thing that comes to their minds without thinking about how it might affect others.

They also tend to be very considerate and think about how their actions will affect the person’s feelings under the circumstance.

They are usually very thoughtful with gifts because they tend to value the intent rather than the cost of the present.

6. They are Humble

No matter how successful or famous a simple person is, they remain humble. They don’t brag, can admit when they’re wrong, and treat people with respect – regardless of their social status.

A simple person is also content with what they have. They don’t feel the need to keep up with the Joneses or constantly compare themselves to others.

7. THey are Not materialistic

A simple person focuses on intellectual, spiritual, and cultural values rather than material ones. They don’t place much importance on things like money, status, or power.

They are more content with what they have and are not swayed by the latest trends or fashions, removing themselves from the rising consumer materialism in society at large.

However, they do value things like quality time and experiences; hence, you are more likely to see them spending their time and money on experience-based pursuits, such as vacations, camping trips, concerts, theater tickets, etc.

READ MORE: Less is More: 21 Reasons to Make It Your Life’s Mantra

A simple gold spoon standing out above silver spoons.

8. They crave Balance

In contrast to the norm, a simple person is balanced in her approach to life and the pursuit of happiness.

They reject hustle and treasure work-life balance.

9. They are Minimalist

Remember, material possessions don’t matter as much to simple folk.

Therefore, you may find that many simple people also practice minimalism. Like minimalists, they focus on the things that truly matter and remove distractions.

That is not to say that all simple people are minimalists, but there is plenty of overlap between their values, which you can read about in this blog post about minimalism.

READ MORE: 10 Signs You Are a Minimalist Person – Agree or Disagree?

10. They are Relaxed

You can’t rush someone like this! They take their time and don’t get caught up in the frantic pace of modern society.

It can sometimes be frustrating because when you are in a hurry they might not get ready or get going as fast as you like them to, but you have to admire their calm. It’s like a bubble of chill energy following them around wherever they go!

11. they are Present

People like this use their devices, but don’t allow their devices to use them. They know how to unplug from the digital world and social media to be present and live authentically in the here and now.

They practice mindfulness and take time to be present in their own life, as well as to connect with their friends and family.

12. They live a life of purpose

Living with purpose means knowing your values and being authentic in all aspects of your life. The simple person is guided by their purpose to be themselves and make a positive impact on the world, and their value reflects who they are.

Hence, they are authentic and confident, yet humble and caring.

Final Thoughts

Nothing is more difficult than being simple in our complex society fueled by greed, envy, addictions, controversy, and fear. Simplicity isn’t something to be looked down on, but rather a quality to admire and be cherished!

Are you a simple person? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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  1. This is so neat.
    This is my personality to be precise.
    Very well written and I enjoyed every bit of this…

    Simple people truly enjoy the simple things in life. We picks battles that we know are worth the fight.

  2. I do feel this way some , would like to be more of this kind of person , this is who l am to be, l see lot of me in here, l just got lost alone the way, need to get back on track

  3. I heard people call me simple especially male. Don’t know it’s good or bad. But most of definitions you have given suit me. I like to be humble. Never like to claim any achievements. I came from humble background I was taught not to flatter yourself etc as part of my family values, may be that’s what reflects in me

  4. i have gotten caught up in the world for most of my life. i long to be simple minded and am looking to break the habits of choosing to respond to things in an earthly manner

  5. This was refreshing to read. I’m reclaiming my simple person. I have been this way most of my life. It’s who I am. Brings such joy and peace!

  6. Jus been here wit my partner and all 12 are me to a tee it’s only taken me 10 years to realize that my addiction to drama among otha things that my true self can finally shine thru she jus needs to realize that I am now simple

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