Being nice to people

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  1. CARIBQUEEN profile image66
    CARIBQUEENposted 12 years ago

    Does it make sense being nice to people when the world appears to be so cruel? There are times you go out of your way to be courteous and some people are downright crude and brusque. And there are those who use bully and devious tactics and seem to get ahead in life.

    1. classicalgeek profile image81
      classicalgeekposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, it makes sense. You get a chance to be the better person, and improve yourself and the world spiritually.

      1. Rafini profile image69
        Rafiniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I used to think that way...something like 35 years ago, anyway.  Respect.  It's all about respect.  But doggone it!  There are some times when I just get sick and tired of being beaten down repeatedly by the same people just cuz I know how to be respectful when they don't have a clue!

        Then I blow a gasket, take a nap, and decide Respectfulness is really the right answer after all...but there really does need to be some kind of limit!

      2. tritrain profile image69
        tritrainposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I have found that 'what comes around goes around', in other words, it's good for ones' karma to be nice to others.

        But even if I never receive the benefit of kindness from others, I'd still like to be nice.

    2. profile image0
      DoorMattnomoreposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I guess it depends on why you do things. If your nice to someone, to try to get something back, it doesn't make any sense. (AND I don't really think that's being genuinely nice. Its sort of a backwards selfish thing.) If your being nice because you believe it's the right way to be, or the right thing to do, then how other people act (or don't act) shouldn't matter.

      1. Ivorwen profile image65
        Ivorwenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I would agree with this.  You do what you do, based on your beliefs, not for what the other person's response.

        1. profile image0
          DoorMattnomoreposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          hey, that's cool. cool

    3. profile image0
      rhartlandsbergposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I feel like being nice is something you do for yourself to a certain extent. It can help the world around you become nicer but ultimately isn't that something that you want for yourself in that then you would have a nicer world to live in?

      If being nice makes you feel good about yourself then that's wonderful but it seems strange to do it simply to pressure others into being nice to you.

      Anyway, just some thoughts... : )

    4. camlo profile image85
      camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I won't have anything to do with such people. But if I've no choice, and I have to, then I know exactly how to play their game, and do. And I have fun doing it ... to them.

    5. lady_love158 profile image60
      lady_love158posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Im nice to everyone and respectful to all until they do something that makes me believe they deserve less. Truth is life is hard its stressful and fraught with challenges and sometimes that can affect ones mood so I try to make allowance for that. I think being nice to each other makes the world a better place for all of us... now if we could only convince liberals of that! Lol

    6. profile image0
      mtsi1098posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You will not be able to control all the negative in the world so you might as well do what you feel is correct and say hello - how can it hurt smile

  2. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    I think it's all the more reason to be nice. Mean people are miserable human beings, we don't know what affects them..

    I'll smile and say hello just to see someone smile. It's a good energy to have and to give.

    I do know what you mean though, it seems to be a sad, mad world. hmm It's nice to spend quality time with good people.

    1. Rafini profile image69
      Rafiniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      (just curious)

      what do you do if they don't smile?

      1. rebekahELLE profile image87
        rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        oh, I don't think anything.. I just live this way. lol

        I have read accounts of people telling how a smile from a stranger gave them hope to keep living. I think smiles from strangers or casual greetings are energizing.

        1. CARIBQUEEN profile image66
          CARIBQUEENposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          A smile is contagious - so keep on smiling - I believe the whole world will smile with you or is that a fallacy?

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            DoorMattnomoreposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I do not think the world actually smiles, but if your smiling, the world seems less dismal.

        2. Rafini profile image69
          Rafiniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          So, you do it for yourself then, really, for the good energy it gives you.  Kinda like DoorMattnomore says, if your smiling the world seems less dismal.  (I like that!!)  cool

          1. rebekahELLE profile image87
            rebekahELLEposted 12 years agoin reply to this

            I think it comes from within, how we feel about life in general. smile
            It's not so much about thinking consciously about being a certain way, it's simply being who we are. We all have an effect on our world. 

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            1. Rafini profile image69
              Rafiniposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              smile  (nice video!)  smile I agree, and I'm glad there are people like you who can explain it because I certainly can't - heck, I can't even maintain!

            2. camlo profile image85
              camloposted 12 years agoin reply to this

              Glad Rafini replied to this post or I'd have missed it completely. A great video with a great message. Thanks for posting it.

  3. CARIBQUEEN profile image66
    CARIBQUEENposted 12 years ago

    Your responses are so beautiful. It continues to give you hope in the human race.  It is so wonderful to be nice to people despite their own hang-ups.

  4. prettydarkhorse profile image56
    prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago

    I smile and sometimes I wonder if I can infect other people too, it is just a nice feeling to be nice.

  5. stephhicks68 profile image86
    stephhicks68posted 12 years ago

    In my opinion, its about personal integrity.  If your nature is to be nice and helpful, then do so and don't worry about other people's reactions.  Be yourself and act as you would, regardless of a thank you, a smile back, or sign of appreciation.

  6. 2uesday profile image66
    2uesdayposted 12 years ago

    Being nice to people, to me is about being someone that I like. Being nasty makes you feel more negative about yourself.

    If you smile at someone and they do not respond ,then it is best to not take it to heart, it probably is not about you,something bad may be happening in their lives. If they think you are crazy for being nice, so be it, what harm is done.

  7. Misha profile image64
    Mishaposted 12 years ago

    what goes around, comes around...

    1. wearing well profile image67
      wearing wellposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yep especially a boomerang ha ha:) Ouch !
      Being helpful to those less fortunate than yourself is free and a friendly smile costs nothing too, but the generally positive impact it has on others can be huge;those individuals however who appear rude are possible suffering from emotional stress and depression smile as for the other bullies who are crude and just plain selfish,they are fueled by greed sad
      Smile Everyone,Cheese smile

  8. profile image0
    ralwusposted 12 years ago

    one can always fart rice at them, but then yer a mess too. so smile and consider the source, stress and pettiness.

  9. Aya Katz profile image83
    Aya Katzposted 12 years ago

    The word "nice" has acquired some bad connotations. It is often associated with behaving as if one liked somebody, even though actually that's not true. A genuine smile that comes spontaneously and includes the other person in the moment is good. A smile that says I want to show that I care when actually I don't is not so good.

    Sometimes frowning, when that's how you feel, is a kinder thing to do, because the person who sees it is allowed to see the real you.

    And whatever you do, don't let the person you just smiled at know that you smile at people "like that" because you are a generous soul. If they figure that out, you have probably earned their hatred.

  10. optimus grimlock profile image59
    optimus grimlockposted 12 years ago

    just live by the golden rule and don't worry about how others treat you! Let the little stuff go and live your life right!!!

    1. TamCor profile image79
      TamCorposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I agree! Stop before angry thoughts becomes words...think how you would feel if it was directed at you. 

      Also, I always try to smile at people, even if I don't know them. Who knows what kind of terrible day they may have had, and how that one simple gesture could possibly brighten their day, even if they don't acknowledge it at the time?  You may never know, but that isn't the important thing, anyway!


    2. CARIBQUEEN profile image66
      CARIBQUEENposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Don't sweat the small stuff, right? Optimus:  you are right about the golden rule but sometimes turning the other cheek hurts - cause you get slapped that side also. But I love all the comments everyone has given as there is a lot of value in your feedback.

  11. paradigmsearch profile image60
    paradigmsearchposted 12 years ago

    "Being nice to people"

    This is truly a case where one can create something from “nothing”. An ounce of your kindness can produce a pound of another's happiness. smile

  12. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    Tell everyone how great they are. They do support you, and which with you could do without, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker.

  13. knolyourself profile image60
    knolyourselfposted 12 years ago

    "now if we could only convince liberals of that". What a nice thing to say. That makes me feel oh so wonderful - even if in jest.


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