What It Means To Have A “Pure Soul” & 18 Signs You Have One

When you hear the term “pure soul,” your mind probably conjures up images of saintly figures or ethereal beings bathed in light. But here’s the truth – pure souls walk among us every day, often unnoticed, quietly making the world a better place. They’re your siblings, friends, partners, and colleagues and they’re actually pretty great. You might even be one yourself.

So, what exactly does it mean to have a pure soul, and how can you recognize one? If you’ve ever been told you have a pure soul or if you’re curious about the beautiful traits that define it, this article is for you.

What is a “pure soul,” anyway?

1.  Someone who’s genuinely kind

There are some serious jerks in the world today, which is why a pure soul’s genuine kindness and gentle nature tend to stand out. They don’t mind going out of their way to help other people, and they approach everyone with respect and a friendly tone. They know that kindness costs nothing, so they try to extend it to everyone they possibly can. There’s enough bad stuff in the world, after all. They don’t want to add to it.

2. Someone who’s non-judgmental

They don’t rush to conclusions or label people. Instead, they aim to understand and embrace people’s differences, always giving them the benefit of the doubt. They don’t see a reason to judge people based on qualities or decisions that have nothing to do with them and that aren’t hurting anyone. Pure souls tend to have a very “live and let live” attitude.

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4. Someone who’s honest and transparent

When you chat with a pure soul, what you see is what you get. There hidden agendas or masks. They don’t say one thing and mean another, nor will they lie to your face for their own benefit. They know that even if what they have to say might be disappointing or hurtful, honestly is always preferable over lies.

5. Someone who’s extremely empathetic

Pure souls feel deeply and can easily put themselves in another’s shoes. They’re often the first to notice when something’s off and offer a shoulder. Their deep sense of empathy allows them to understand other people better and offer a sense of comfort that immediately puts other people at ease. It’s a gift!

6. Someone who has an unassuming nature

They rarely seek the spotlight and often shun unnecessary attention. Their actions stem from genuine intent rather than a desire for recognition. If they donate to charity, they don’t announce it to everyone else in order to get a pat on the back. They don’t want to be lauded for doing the right thing — they believe that’s just what everyone should do.

6. Someone with a sense of inner peace

While they have their moments of stress and self-doubt, pure souls are usually chill AF. They have a really laid-back perspective on life that allows them to take adversity in their stride. They also have the innate ability to remember that nothing lasts forever and that in the end, everything is going to be okay.

7. Someone who’s infectiously optimistic

Even in challenging times, a pure soul can always see the silver lining. Their optimism isn’t naive; it’s a deep-rooted belief that things will work out. Don’t mistake this for toxic positivity, though  — they don’t bury their heads in the sand or ignore what’s right in front of them. They’re realists to a fault, just not pessimists.

8. Someone finds it easy to connect with other people

People gravitate towards them. There’s something about the warmth and openness of a pure soul that makes them magnetic and trustworthy. Anyone who knows them only has glowing things to say about them but they can’t quite put their finger on one specific trait that makes them so lovely. They just are.

9. Someone who finds joy in the little things

They appreciate the beauty of a sunrise, the laughter of a child, or a random act of kindness. It sounds incredibly corny, sure, but it’s true. These little moments are the things that make them feel truly content and very human, and the wouldn’t have it any other way.

Signs you have a pure soul

1. You’re extremely curious about the world around you.

Being curious isn’t just about asking questions; it’s about wanting to understand the world a bit better. For you, the world is an endless mystery, and every little detail could be a major clue in helping you figure it out. You don’t just pass through life; you absorb it, finding wonder in places where others might not even look.

2. Gratitude comes naturally to you.

While other people might need reminders to count their blessings, you literally practice gratitude every day and you’re much happier for it. Even in the midst of challenges or on a bad day, you instinctively find a silver lining. It’s not an act or something you’re forcing yourself to do; it’s an inherent part of your nature to appreciate the smallest moments. As a pure soul, that’s just who you are.

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4. You’re insanely attuned to other people’s feelings.

Emotional sensitivity is your forte. Whether it’s sensing a friend’s subtle sadness or riding your own emotional waves, you feel everything — and sometimes you feel it hard. You possess an innate ability to detect the subtlest emotional shifts, making you not only compassionate to others but also really understanding. This can sometimes feel overwhelming, which is why striking a balance is so important.

5. You’re always trying to figure out the true meaning of life.

Pure souls see the universe as a puzzle, and you’re always seeking the missing pieces. You regularly find yourself lost in thoughts, contemplating life, existence, and everything in between. These moments of introspection aren’t annoying or like intrusive thoughts or anything; they’re a testament to how introspective and philosophical you are.

6. You’re constantly striving to be the best version of yourself.

Self-improvement is a journey you take seriously. You’re often your toughest critic, always on the lookout for areas of growth. But your goal isn’t perfection; it’s just being your best, most authentic self. It’s about evolving into a person who stays true to who they’re meant to be. As a pure soul, you know you’ll always be chasing this goal, and you love it.

7. You can’t bear even the smallest injustice.

Witnessing injustice, big or small, really upsets you deeply. Whether it’s standing up against a bully or speaking out about larger social issues, you feel compelled to raise your voice. It’s not about being a hero; it’s about doing what feels right in your heart. You know that you might not have the power to save the world alone, but that won’t stop you fighting for it.

8. You feel really at home in nature.

There’s something about nature that resonates with your soul. Whether it’s rustling leaves in fall, birds chirping in the trees, or the vastness of the ocean, nature isn’t just a retreat; it strangely feels kinda like coming home. To you, nature feels like a really close old friend, always welcoming and always familiar.

9. You have a really rich inner world.

While you might appear quiet or reserved on the outside, inside, there’s a universe brimming with dreams, fantasies, and feelings. You cherish this inner sanctum, finding peace and inspiration within your thoughts and daydreams. To pure souls, sometimes there’s nothing better than letting your imagination run wild and seeing the fun places it takes you.

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10. You’re very generous (sometimes exceedingly so).

You share anything you have without a second thought and without expecting anything in return. It could be giving a few minutes of your time to comfort someone who’s having a tough time, a bit of your lunch, or even just a smile. Your acts of kindness aren’t calculated; they’re just what comes naturally to you. There’s nothing you love more than brightening someone else’s day.

10. You relish really deep conversations.

Small talk isn’t your cup of tea. Instead, you thirst for meaningful, deep conversations that peel back layers and reveal people’s true inner nature. To you, words are really meaningful because you get to know what really makes people tick and what they’re like under all the layers we put on to face the world.

11. You see beauty in other people’s flaws.

Where most might judge or criticize, you find an inexplicable beauty in imperfections. To you, every scar, mistake, or quirk tells a unique story, and you don’t believe that story should ever be hidden. You’re not naive or some do-gooder; it’s just a testament to your ability to see beyond the surface.

12. Children and animals are weirdly drawn to you.

There’s an unspoken bond you form with kids and animals as a pure soul. You’re like a real-life Snow White! It’s as if they can sense your genuine heart and gravitate towards its warmth. Their trust in you is almost instantaneous, and if that doesn’t speak volumes, I don’t know what does.

13. You prefer simplicity over luxury.

You find happiness in life’s simple pleasures. A homecooked meal, a long walk on a sunny day, or the joy of reading a good book often mean more to you than grand gestures or fancy material things. It’s because your soul finds depth in simplicity. That’s not to say that you don’t like nice things — you just don’t give them unnecessary value.

14. You’re guided by your intuition.

You possess an oddly on-point inner compass that often surprises even you. It’s an intuition rooted in sensitivity and understanding that guides you through life’s chaos. More often than not, your gut feelings steer you right, echoing the wisdom of your soul.

15. Your laugh is infectious (and genuine).

When you laugh, it comes right from the belly. It’s loud, vibrant, and totally authentic. People around you can’t help but join in because it’s clear your joy comes from a place of joy. Your laughter literally brightens the room, and you’ve probably been told that on a few occasions.

16. You don’t hold grudges.

While you may get hurt or disappointed, you don’t let these feelings turn into lasting grudges. You understand the importance of forgiveness and choose peace over lingering bitterness. It’s not about being weak; it’s about freeing yourself from unnecessary pain and drama.

17. You’re always rooting for the underdog.

In movies, stories, or real life, you have a soft spot for the underdogs. You believe in the potential that’s often overlooked, cheering for those who manage to succeed despite the odds. Your faith in humanity shines through in these moments, showing just what a pure soul you truly are.

18. Strangers tend to confide in you.

Even in passing encounters, people find themselves opening up to you. It’s as if they sense a safe haven in your presence, where judgments aren’t an issue and understanding is pretty much guaranteed. This trust they place in you, often unspoken, underscores the genuineness of your spirit.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill