What Are Morals and Principles?

What Are Morals and Principles?

by Alexa Cairns
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Your morals and principles mean a lot; it’s having manners, acts of kindness and common sense when communicating with others respectfully. Earning respect is an important part of maintaining friendships and relationships in order to obtain trust. Having ethics can be crucial in certain situations. This results in countless positive benefits such as good karma (for those who believe!), and healthy relationships.

What are morals and principles? Morals and principles are doing what is considered the “right” thing to do. It can mean being the “bigger” person when being put in a difficult position.

Moral: adjective

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of or relating to principles of right and wrong in behavior : ethical moral judgments

Moral: noun

1a : the moral significance or practical lesson (as of a story) The moral of the story is to be satisfied with what you have.

b : a passage pointing out usually in conclusion the lesson to be drawn from a story

Definition of principle

1a : a comprehensive and fundamental law, doctrine, or assumption

b(1) : a rule or code of conduct

(2) : habitual devotion to right principles a man of principle

Trying to do what is “right” and to stand by your morals and principles can be tiring. For example, if your friend feels left out, on principle, you will make them feel included. That is if your principle is to always make people feel included and safe, in this instance. It can even be minuscule actions in our daily lives that enact our morals and principles, like picking up something someone dropped or saying positive things to people who are having a rough time. Any choice you make that positively impacts someone else can mean you are morally bound. Morality can also be about learning a lesson. Think of a time that you made a mistake. What did you learn from that choice? What could you have done differently? Chances are, the act you should have done, would have been the moral choice. We all make mistakes at one point or another in our lives but it’s important we keep in mind what moral decisions would look like in our lives.

Morals and principles are very important in today’s society. Whether you’re at home eating dinner with your family, taking the bus, or even hanging out with your friends, it’s important to keep in mind how you’re portraying yourself to others. If someone bumps into you and apologizes, do you say, “Back off buddy!” or do you say, “That’s okay!” and walk away? As I said, morals and principles are used constantly and are important to build relationships and to be a good person. In short, your morals and principles can be a sign to what kind of person you are.

So how do you have good morals? How do you become a truly ethical person? The easiest way to have these important values is to practice them consistently. Using manners, being selfless and generally being kind to those around you are all simple ways of practicing positive principles. The most important thing is to think before you speak or act; what are my intentions of this thing that I’m about to do or say? Is it positive? If you are concerned that what you are saying will hurt someone, it’s best to avoid that. Along with this, surrounding yourself with ethical people, chances are you will develop good morals as well. Hanging out with disrespectful, hostile people, the opposite is likely to occur.

Every day, no matter where you go or who you are with, basic common sense and morals are being used. People don’t tend to lash out at people for no reason, and that is just the basics of having principals. The majority of us are kind and friendly. Our values are important to us and even if we disagree with something someone is saying, we remain respectful. Why wouldn’t you be? There’s no reason to treat someone terribly for something small that doesn’t matter in the long run.

Thinking before you act is key to being an ethical person; through doing this you are predicting the outcome of what you say and the effects it will have on others. You are showing sympathy along with respect for other people. Overall, countless benefits result from being an ethical person and there’s always reason to treat people with kindness and respect.


  1. https://ethicsunwrapped.utexas.edu/glossary/morals
  2. https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/behavior/moral-principles-and-how-they-impact-your-life/

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