Monday, August 23, 2010

Some people can be very nice...

Having encountered many nice people and many not so nice people, I have decided to thank all those who frequently go out of their way to be nice.

In working with the elderly, I am often surprised how a simple nice word or smile can brighten their day.  I am also often surprised at how few people take the time to just smile at those that are lonely and in need of a kind word.  How much energy does it take to give a smile in passing or a quick "good morning"?  I do see quite a few people who smile and say a kind word to those who are in need and to those of you I would like to say THANK YOU!  To those who do not extend a smile or a minute of their time - try it - it does the heart good to see someone's eyes light up just because you noticed them.

I frequently notice over the phone if someone is having a great day or a pretty lousy day just by the tone of their voice.  Often I am tempted to ask what makes them sound so happy (or not) over the phone - but I really know.  It is all in attitude.  Smiling before answering the phone helps tremendously.  Smiling can also affect your own mood.  They say that you will notice an immediate improvement in your mood and in the moods of people around you with the simple act of smiling.

When I Google "being a nice person" I actually come up with 199,000,000 results.  That is unbelievable.

Here are a few hints on how to be a nice person:
  • Smile - a smile will let others know that you are pleasant and inviting
  • Say Hello - when walking past past someone, even a stranger, try to acknowledge their presence
  • Ask others how they are doing - take the time to ask someone how things are going in their lives
  • Be a good listener - Listen (really listen) when other people are talking to you
  • Be courteous -  Always say "please," "thank you" and "you're welcome"
  • Treat people with respect
  • Be positive - Don't be negative or critical
The moral to this post is: