Being Kinder to Others

Contrary to popular belief, it isn't always easy to be kind to others. So practice a little kindness in your daily life whenever possible.

  • Being a kinder person is not a simple or easy process. Know that it takes time and effort to change your impression.

  • You can't fake kindness. Genuine interest equals genuine connections. Be honest and sincere with others.

  • Being nice is not the same as being a doormat. You can disagree with people and still be kind about it. Practice.

  • Being nice means being nice to everyone, not just to the people you think can give you something valuable in return.

  • There are no situations where you should not aim to be nice. A waiter deserves as much kindness as a CEO.

  • Don't be overly critical. Being kind is also about making compromises and finding ways to understand others better.

  • Being nice opens lots of doors. Being smart, wealthy or beautiful might help, but being kind is instantly appealing.

  • Stop talking about yourself so much. Be interested in what others think; don't just wait for an opportunity to talk.

  • Being kind to one person is absolutely worth it. While the world might not notice, that one person certainly will!

  • Don't just ignore topics you find boring. Inquire more deeply. You'll find a story in there somewhere!

  • Practice being nice. Try it on the bus or in the elevator. One positive interaction can change someone's whole day.

  • Being kind means being slow and deliberate in your words and actions. Life isn't about finishing first, but the journey.

  • Be on time and prepared for meetings. Being nice means respecting other people's time and other obligations.

  • Make a point of being nice to yourself. You are worth every bit of respect and love that you share with the world.

  • Take the time to embrace your passions. Nothing makes you kinder than being happy and in love with life!

  • Identify the negatives in your life. Elimate what you can and what will remain is a happier, kinder you.

  • Figure out who the important people in your life are. Think up some unique ways to be kind to them.

  • Spend time with other kind people. Watch what they do and take notice of reactions. It can be great inspiration.

  • Take care of the people that matter to you. Buy a friend coffee or pick up donuts for your coworkers.

  • Being nice isn't about doing it until you get what you want. Being nice is a lifestyle choice. You have to want to make it.

  • Resist the urge to gossip. It might feel good in the moment, but take pride in knowing that you are a better person.

  • Try to respond to people regularly and respectfully; don't wait too long to reply to emails, texts or phone calls.

  • Let others know when you have had a great experience. Compliment those who do their work with a positive attitude.

  • Be thankful for the good things. Heck, be thankful for the average things, because they're not the bad things.

  • Assume that people are generally nice. If someone upsets you, consider that they might not have meant to.

  • If you screw up and upset someone, give them a heartfelt apology and move on. Blaming something else won't help.

  • Mentor others on how you would like to be treated. Don't cut them off or yell when someone upsets you.

  • When you're mad at someone, write down three things you appreciate about them. They are more than their faults.

  • Praise others. If you let them know you notice them at their best, they'll be more thoughtful at their worst.

  • Give back to the community. Volunteering is an incredibly kind gift; you'll see the difference you make every day.