Tips To Being Happier And Kinder To Others

Tips To Being Happier And Kinder To Others

Kindness can seem fleeting these days. Social Media and people being attached make it difficult to engage each other and offer a distraction from reality.  But the truth is almost everyone in this world likes to be in the company of a nice person. Nice people are fun to be around,and they make the people they are with feel good. People who are nice tend to be happier people in general because they are sincere in their care about others.  Their thoughts, actions and words reflect it.Most importantly, being kind to others makes you feel better.  Being a kinder person can lead to your own happiness.  What you may be surprised by is how little effort it really takes to turn things around.  Here are some tips to work into your daily life.

  • Be Punctual – Being punctual for an appointment is one important way to be a nicer person. It demonstrates to the other person that you have respect for his or her time. It shows that you have discipline, are responsible, trustworthy, and that you keep your word.
  • Give sincere compliments – Helping others feel good about themselves has a wonderful side affect – it boosts your mood, too. Seek out opportunities to offer others compliments, the more specific the better.
  • Serve in small ways – Hold a door open for someone.  Grab something on a shelf that a person can’t reach. Smiling at someone who seems down. Thank people in customer service.  When you see someone with a Veterans hat thank them for their service.
  • Don’t Make Jokes At The Expense of Other’s -Possessing a sense of humor and being able to crack tasteful jokes makes you fun to be around and it brightens everyone’s day. But it is important to remember not to do so at the expense of others.  Even though it may not seem like it at the time, those jokes can be very hurtful.
  • Apologize Sincerely – Everyone makes mistakes in life. It is important to note that it is part of a learning process in life. We upset and hurt others, we fall short of expectations and sometimes make bad choices.  Saying your sorry is not only humbling, but it can be liberating to realize it’s okay not to be perfect.
  • Miss Manners – Always say please and thank you.  This may not seem like a big deal, but the politeness makes a difference to others, especially because it is no longer a common place act.
  • Stop Complaining, Giving Excuses, Blaming Others – This one speaks for itself. Take some personal accountability and find a positive way to address your problems and see what you can do to make your situation better.  Complaining or thinking up ways to shift the blame is counterproductive and gives you no opportunity to make the situation better.
  • Don’t Give Advice Unless It Is Asked For – With the exception of your own children, one way to be a nicer person is to refrain from giving others advice unless it is requested. Take this advice in every day life, but also social media.  Because someone has shared information with you doesn’t mean they want you to “fix it”.
  • Take a Deep Breath Before Reacting – We’re human, tempers flare, and that can lead to saying things we don’t mean to say.  Give yourself a second to breath before you react.
  • Be Forgiving – We all make mistakes or have days where we feel frazzled and say – or do – something we regret. And so do others. Make an effort to be forgiving towards others, including your kids. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting, but it does mean you should let it go and not bring it up again.
  • Be Open to Change – Whether trying a new restaurant, traveling to an unknown part of the world, or doing something that has always scared you, you should always be open to change. This allows you to grow because you experience something new. It helps you be high functioning and self-confident if you are not wary of change.
  • Educate Yourself – If you don’t understand why one country is invading another, take the time to educate yourself on the current event. Ask a person intimately connected with the event for his or her thoughts. Remember, we’re all interconnected, and being aware of different cultures, different people, and what their lives are like can make you a more well-rounded individual. This will also help you understand points of view different from your own.

 

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