“Don’t be yourself. Be someone a little nicer.”

Polite gestures are easy to do and make a real difference in the happiness of others.

Be Nice, Its Powerful….

Being nice truly costs nothing, but has wonderful returns. Here are a few things you can do to brighten someone’s day.

  1. Try saying “Pardon” or “Excuse Me” when you fail to understand someone instead of “what” and “huh”.
  2. Help someone with their luggage in an overhead bin.
  3. Wipe down the counter with a paper towel after using a sink in a public restroom.
  4. Place your gym towels in the proper receptacle, not the floor.
  5. Bring food to someone in a stressed situation. You don’t even have to cook anything, takeout is fine. Examples include moving, new baby, and family illness.
  6. Recognize everyone’s job is hard. Recognizing the efforts in others makes someone feel valued and important.
  7. Give some props. Open a message application right now (or whatever chat client you prefer) and tell someone they are doing a great job and don’t ask for anything in return.
  8. Be honest. I have had to learn this the hard way. Telling white lies or leaving something out is not kind. Telling the whole truth may sting more initially but for the most part, people want to know the full truth.
  9. Truly Listen. Put your phone down, stop looking around and give the person you are with all of your attention and fully absorb what they are saying to you. Don’t interrupt them right away and don’t try to solve or own their problems or relate them to yourself. You just look self-absorbed and like you don’t really care.
  10. Drink water. I firmly believe drinking water will help everyone be a bit nicer and more patient.

Thank you for reading! Go forth and be nice!

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