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How to Be Cool

Updated on March 28, 2010

Be Yourself

To be cool you have to be comfortable enough with yourself to be yourself. Coolness is a state of mind. It’s hard to adapt a cool state of mind if you’re constantly concerned about what other people think of you. Don’t be afraid to have an opinion, even if it’s controversial! People that think they are cool because they follow “cool trends” are really posers! Cool people do what they like to do and are leaders, not followers.

Cool people try new foods
Cool people try new foods

Be Open to New Experiences

Cool people like to try new things and have new experiences. A person that is afraid to try new foods, travel to new places, meet new people, etc., is often referred to as a “stick in the mud”. Coolness is the opposite of the stick in the mud. For instance, if you’re cool, but you’ve never had sushi and someone asks “hey, wanna try some sushi?”, the cool person will say “sure, I’ll try some”. The stick in the mud person would say “ewww, raw fish? That’s gross”.

Cool people embrace diversity
Cool people embrace diversity

Be Accepting of Other Cultures and Beliefs

As a cool person, since you’re comfortable with yourself, you should also be comfortable with other people and their beliefs. For instance, if you’re cool you don’t try to make everyone else like your favorite band or interest. What makes the world unique to cool people is the diversity and differences. If everyone were the same, it would be boring.

Don’t Be a Poser

Let’s face it, if you’re cool, you don’t announce it to the world – people just know you’re cool. If you feel the need to constantly state how cool you are, then you’re really not cool. Since cool people are comfortable with themselves, they don’t have anything to prove or need acceptance from others. Are you a poser?

Yes, it's possible to be cool, even with a mullet
Yes, it's possible to be cool, even with a mullet

Cool Does Not Equal Popular

To be cool you don’t have to be popular or even like popular culture. For instance, even though mullets went out with the 80s, if you like mullets and you’re comfortable with your mullet, you can still be cool. Being true to yourself and your beliefs at the expense of modern society and peer pressure is what makes you cool. Don’t confuse cool with popular – they are completely different since one is a state of mind and the other is a trend.


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