It really is easier to be nice than most people think. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or money to be a nice person. With “nice” I mean not crummy. There are so many crummy people out there making the life of others miserable or less enjoyable. It is so easy to be nicer and here is a few pointers.
1. If someone drops something, pick it up for them and hand it back.
2. Open the door for someone that has their hands full.
3. Don’t text or phone people late at night.
4. Let the person behind you in the line at the supermarket go first if they only have two items and your trolley is overflowing. You will sacrifice two minutes but you will save them 15 minutes.
5. Don’t type comments on Facebook that might offend people. I mean personal observations or opinions that might hurt.
6. Put stuff back in the right place if you took it off the shelve and then decide not to buy it. This way you are not hiding other products that someone else might be looking for.
7. Help someone with change if they need some to pay at a vending machine or parking meter.
8. Don’t throw gum or cigarette butts on the ground. Find a bin.
9. Never throw anything out of your car window. Clean your car at your next stop.
10. When you accidentally walk into someone because you were not paying attention, apologize instead of walking on as if nothing has happened.
11. If you have blocked another car’s path whilst waiting for somebody, wave to apologize and then get out of their way instead of speeding of feeling guilty and annoyed.
12. Offer to pick someone’s child up from school when they have a crisis.
13. Wash your hands after using the bathroom.
14. Tell someone if you think they look nice and mean it.
15. Give someone a chance to get in when the traffic is heavy and they can’t find a gap.
16. If you accidentally dialed the wrong number, apologize instead of just hanging up.
17. Look someone in the eye and say thank you if they helped you with something.
18. If you pick up a wallet and you can identify who it belongs to by the cards or something else inside it, try to find that person. Even if you have to go to the gym, library or bank to get their details.
19. Give up your seat for someone older than you.
20. Give people information if you have it and they need it.
This list can go on and on, but I think you get the idea. It is actually very simple. It is the things you do for people that can do nothing for you, that makes you a better person. It is also very satisfying helping other people and not being a grumpy. Smile!
“Integrity is what you do when nobody’s looking”