When you are nice to someone – whether it is by just smiling at a stranger, buying someone coffee, or holding the door open – you are spreading kindness and positivity and making the world a slightly better place. In addition, to make others feel better, research shows that being positive and treating yourself and others with compassion boosts your mental health and well-being. So, if you are looking to be a better and nice person then starting now would be a great time. It isn’t as difficult as you think or it does not need you to make any major changes. All you need is small but effective changes in your day-to-day life that will help you become a better person and a delight to be around. Because everyone likes to be around the company of a nice and sweet person.
Here are 10 simple and effective tips for how to be a nice person.
Kick-start your day with positive affirmations like, “I’m a nice person”, “I’m kind to others”, “I will smile more today”. These affirmations have a huge impact on our mood and thoughts and help us set the tone for the day. Also, most importantly, being nice and kind to others starts by first being nice to yourself. So start your day by being kind and nice to yourself with some positive affirmations.
In our everyday hustle and busy lives, it is easy to be preoccupied with our own issues, thoughts, and stresses. However, we are always surrounded by people and everyone has their own problems, issues, and busy schedules, so make sure that you are mindful of others. Give others time and if needed talk to people when they look stressed or upset. You would be surprised with how far a simple smile can go!
It can be hard to be a nice person when you are occupied with negative thoughts and emotions. So, when you find yourself criticizing or being too negative about someone, try to stop those negative thoughts and adopt a positive mindset. Think from the perspective of the other person and see if you are making a mistake by judging too soon or are being overly critical. In some cases, if a person has made a mistake, see if you can help them and be better for next time.
Always stay true to your principles and values. Being honest does not mean you have to be impolite to someone. You can express your feelings and be honest with others while being kind to them and explaining yourself. In fact, being fair and setting boundaries are steps of being nice to yourself because it means you are taking care of yourself first.
One of the simplest ways to be a nice person is by listening more. When you listen to someone, you create a human connection and that is very important in our lives. You don’t have to advise them or provide them with solutions for their issues or problems, just listen to their feelings and thoughts and that’s enough! When you listen to people more, you will realize how much people love to share and how appreciated they felt!
Someone wise said, “smiling is infectious”! A smile is just the perfect way to brighten someone’s day. In fact, smiling is so so good for your happiness as well. When you smile more often, you not only make people around you happier but also make you happy. It is the simplest yet most infectious way to be a nice person and spread that kindness to others.
If you want to be a nice person to others, you first have to be nice to yourself. So treat yourself with kindness, compassion, and positive thoughts. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you mess something up, try to be better next time and tell yourself how you can be better. Always take some time out for yourself, pamper yourself whether it is with a movie night, a spa day, or a relaxing bubble bath. When you are happy, relaxed, and positive, you spread the same vibes to others and are automatically nice to others.
When we think of being a nice person, we automatically assume it means being nice to other people. But being a nice person also means being nice to the environment and mother earth. We need to be more kind and thoughtful towards our surroundings and environment through eco-friendly choices, recycling, and encouraging others to do the same.
As kids, we are often told to be polite to others but somewhere down the line when we grow up, we tend to forget these things. Being polite is one big aspect of being a nice person. It is important to always have a positive tone in social interactions. If someone is being rude, you can try and change the conversation and respond to them politely and ask them to be nice. A simple “Please” and “thank you” can go a long way to show someone how much you appreciate them.
Keeping an open mind is very important because nothing in life is constant. Every day there is something new and life is full of curveballs, and when you have an open mind, you are more likely to process information without being judgemental about it. As humans when we are thrown out of our comfort zone or when an unprecedented situation arises, we are instantly negative about it. But when you choose to be open-minded you will learn to be calm and relaxed and confront new challenges with positivity.
Everything takes time and effort and being a nice person will also take a while but you will definitely get there if you are mindful of the things mentioned above. They are just simple acts and changes that you need to make in your everyday life to lead a happier, content life and to be a nice person.