So, there are so many lonely and unhappy people in the world. That is why gangs have no problem with getting new members or why suicide rates are as high as they are. And with social media, people are actually more distant from people they actually know or are quite mean at times online because it takes no guts to type something negative. So with all of the messy and negative behavior going on in society, why not be nice and spread kindness when ever possible? Here are some reasons why it wouldn’t hurt:
1. Do nice things– There is no membership fee, it doesn’t take a lot of time (time is money) and the rewards reaped from being decent to someone is priceless for the giver and receiver. Let someone go ahead of you in line, give a simple smile or a wave hi, open the door for someone with a lot in their hands. Those little things can make someone’s day and perhaps make them realize that there are people that are good out there and maybe give them renewed hope in mankind.
2. Help others (it helps us realize our blessings)- If you are going through something, there is nothing like getting out there into the community and helping fill a need. That good deed, wheher you are working an hour at a soup kitchen or knitting scarves for the homeless can be cathartic. You aren’t focusing on what is going on with you but instead taking action to better the lives of others. Thinking outside of ourselves and contributing to the greater good at the same time is wonderfully healing for all involved. And just maybe others will pay it forward.
3. Say nice things- I can’t stand beside people in line or at a counter or anywhere without saying something kind. Whether it is my Southern upbringing or who I am as a person, I feel happiest when I make other people happy. I go to Starbucks every morning and sit at the counter, seeing the same people every morning. I usually make small talk and tell someone that their dress is pretty or I like their haircut. Or I wish them a great day at work. I’m not trying to be a kiss up, but people like to hear good things and like to talk about themselves. And there is a good quality to be found in practically anyone, so why not point them out?
Now I am far from perfect and totally cuss people out in traffic and get super angry about inconsiderate people, on the regular. DC is full of competitive and uncaring people, trust me. But, DC Metro is also full of good people trying to make it through their day just like all of us. Life is tough enough at times, so why not be good to each other?