How To Be Nice

I am back again with re-post a meaningful article (at least as I think so). Keeping original title without editing a single word. Here is the source.

10 things you can do to change someone’s life.

I was standing in line, buying some roma tomatoes and serrano peppers to make Hemeon Famous Salsa, when out of nowhere the person in front me allowed me to check-out ahead of them. I was surprised and impressed. Polite gestures are easy to do and make a real difference in the happiness of others.

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

Being nice truly costs nothing, but has wonderful returns. Here are a few things you can do to brighten someones 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 imessage 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!

Please let me know if this was helpful to you. I would love to hear more about what you think, please reach out to me via twitter @hemeon or feel free to shoot me a note at marchemeon @ gmail

Props to Shane Mielke for feedback and proofreading.


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