People who appreciate their smallness compared to the vastness of the world can detach themselves from their egos and become humble. We argue that humility is not only about the relative size of the ego, but also about the relative
time in which the ego exists. The current study examined the relationship between awareness and acceptance of the fleeting nature of time (impermanence) and humility. We collected data from 257 adults residing in the United States
through an online study. Participants completed a measure of impermanence and measures of humility. Bivariate correlations suggested that there were significant positive correlations between acceptance and awareness of impermanence and humility. The results suggested people who were more aware and accepting of impermanence had higher reports of being humble, suggesting another strategy to increase humility.
Weldon, Caitlin; Nava, Briella A.; and Huynh, Ho Phi, "Examining the Association between Awareness and Acceptance of Impermanence and Humility" (2023). Student Research Symposium 2023. 10.