Sincerity is being open and genuine. Our words and actions reflect a truthful heart. People can trust that we mean what we say and we say what we mean. When we are sincere, our actions come from a pure intent. We give for the sake of giving. We are transparently truthful. We don’t do things to impress others. We have no need to deceive or pretend to be something we are not. We know it is enough simply to be ourselves.

In Family Life

The virtue of sincerity within a family manifests as an unwavering commitment to open and honest communication, fostering an atmosphere of trust and authenticity. It is demonstrated through family members sharing their thoughts, feelings, and concerns without fear of judgment and actively listening to one another’s perspectives.

Sincerity in a family means being genuine and transparent in joyful and challenging moments, allowing meaningful connections to flourish. It entails parents setting an example by admitting their mistakes and vulnerabilities, encouraging their children to do the same, and ultimately building a solid foundation of trust and understanding that strengthens familial bonds and resilience in adversity.


Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart.

— Basil Rathbone

 The Practice of Sincerity

  • I am honest and open.
  • I have no hidden agenda.
  • I can be trusted to speak honestly.
  • I have no need to exaggerate or impress.
  • My intentions are genuine.
  • I am content to be myself.

Balancing Sincerity

Balancing Virtues:

Compassion: Compassion tempers the rigidity of overdeveloped sincerity by infusing our honesty with empathy and sensitivity towards others’ feelings, fostering understanding and kindness in our communication.

Wisdom: Wisdom guides us in discerning when and how to express sincerity, ensuring that our honesty is constructive rather than hurtful and that our actions are aligned with ethical principles and social norms.

Humility: Humility is a counterbalance to underdeveloped sincerity, reminding us to embrace our imperfections and vulnerabilities authentically. It encourages us to be honest about our limitations and to cultivate sincerity in acknowledging our mistakes and shortcomings.

By cultivating a balanced approach, we foster deeper connections and contribute to the flourishing of virtuous living in ourselves and our communities.