According to you, why it's important to be a nice human being?

Jump to Last Post 1-32 of 32 discussions (48 posts)
  1. Shake Shah profile image66
    Shake Shahposted 9 years ago

    According to you, why it's important to be a nice human being?

  2. MasculistFeminist profile image54
    MasculistFeministposted 9 years ago

    I will define nice as treating others the way you would like to be treated (No I am not religious). Why is that important? Because it ensures the sustainability of your own existence and that of the wider community in which you reside. As much as we are taught to think otherwise, we are dependent on each other for our own self interest and survival. That means we have to respect each other if we want a civilisation that sustains itself and a personal future that is secure and prosperous. In the coming decades the world is either going to have to relearn this lesson the easy way or the hard way. The complex interdependent relationships of our society are growing at a phenomenal rate because of globalisation, technology and an ever increasing population. We cannot continue to behave as if all of our self interests are mutually exclusive. They are not and they never were. Hopefully we remember that before we start another world war.

  3. Spongy0llama profile image80
    Spongy0llamaposted 9 years ago

    Despite the popular phrase, nice guys actually finish first. It is our capacity to cooperate and trust one another that has led the human race to the global community we know today. People who cheat, lie, steal, and hurt others for their own personal gain can often earn a measure of immediate advantage over others, but in the long term, such habits often backfire. Being a consistently decent human being inevitably pays off in the long term.

    1. Pop Culture World profile image80
      Pop Culture Worldposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This is how I always felt too. Nice guys and girls end up better off because they don't leave a trail of hurt, vengeful people behind them. Making enemies everywhere never pays off.

  4. debbiepinkston profile image78
    debbiepinkstonposted 9 years ago

    This is a great question...why do we choose to be nice?  My answer is this: The world is a hard place to live (and none of us have much choice in the matter).  There are plenty of negative, mean people.  Why not make the world a little better by being nice to people?  We don't know how important it might be to someone who is having a rough time. A smile or some small gesture of goodwill might be just what turns their day around, or might give them hope to go on.

    p.s. It feels much better inside to be nice, rather than cruel or mean.  It's easier to sleep at night knowing we have been a nice person.

    1. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Quite so.

  5. lburmaster profile image75
    lburmasterposted 9 years ago

    If you are not nice, you meet more resistance in the world. By being nice, a lot of stress is taken off your shoulders and life is considerably easier as you continue on.

  6. janshares profile image94
    jansharesposted 9 years ago

    My answer is the law of karma; I get what I give, I give that which I want to receive. Being nice also makes life so much easier :-)

    1. Pop Culture World profile image80
      Pop Culture Worldposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree!

    2. lupine profile image68
      lupineposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer...yes, much easier to be kind, for me anyway.

  7. travel_man1971 profile image64
    travel_man1971posted 9 years ago

    Remember the Golden Rule? It is the ethical code of morality. Meaning, there will be pros and cons on things we do or acts we inflicted with our neighbour.

    "Do unto others, as you would want other do unto you".

    Or its early version during the times of Confucius:

    "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself",

  8. Frank Atanacio profile image78
    Frank Atanacioposted 9 years ago

    There is just too much hate in the world...  Nice has to start somewhere..

    1. lupine profile image68
      lupineposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, we can start with ourselves, everything else will follow.

    2. Express10 profile image85
      Express10posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You are so right Frank. Let the change we want to see begin with us. Not always easy but true, "nice has to start somewhere."

  9. sweethearts2 profile image79
    sweethearts2posted 9 years ago

    I am in agreement with all these answers and would just like to add:  nice has a comfort level for everyone around you and yourself.  And, I like to feel comfortable and stress free.

    1. lupine profile image68
      lupineposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, there are comfort levels of kindness according to those around you.

  10. Dan Barfield profile image77
    Dan Barfieldposted 9 years ago

    According to the psychology lecture that I just listened to, kindness is the number one attribute that people look for in a partner. Also it turns out that the happiest people are the people who are 'nice' or 'kind' to others. It turns out that there is an actual physiological reaction in response to performing acts of kindness on the part of the giver. Being nice actually gives people a buzz. In other words, if you want to be happy, be kind. That's a pretty cool thing to know.

    1. lupine profile image68
      lupineposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I would love to hear about that psychology lecture you mentioned. Can you tell me more about it? To me, kindness is a great attribute in any person. Especially in a makes them that much more attractive. GREAT ANSWER - voted up.

    2. Dan Barfield profile image77
      Dan Barfieldposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It's on itunes U - the TED Psychology course. It is the audio file entitled Paul Bloom on Sex, George Clooney, and other Pleasures. They discuss some really interesting stuff.

  11. MsDora profile image94
    MsDoraposted 9 years ago

    You'd be at peace with yourself, and that's important.

    1. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Too true. Welcome, my loving sister.

  12. NiaLee profile image60
    NiaLeeposted 9 years ago

    being good is essential because it will permeate the fabric of the Universe and your own self and create colors, light, love and peace in the Universe. It seems far fetched or so metaphysical but it is so simple and easy to prove.
    Love and peace to you and all.

  13. MKayo profile image87
    MKayoposted 9 years ago

    Simple answer from my dearly departed Granny - "A bird never flies so high that its tail doesn't follow."  In other words, what goes around comes around. I make it my personal mission to be nice to those around me and figure that that simple act of kindness will alter their day and they will pass that little "nicety" on to someone they meet. Wouldn't the world be a much better place of we would all do this?

  14. dashingscorpio profile image85
    dashingscorpioposted 9 years ago

    I once had an instructor who told me intelligence is the ability of an organism to "adapt" to it's environment. In other words the situation or circumstance one finds themself in will determine "the best way" to approach or respond to get your desired outcome.
    Sometimes being nice is the way to go and other times being assertive is best. People tend to relate better to others who are like them. You have to "meet them where they are." There is a technique called (mirorring) where for example if you are talking with someone who talks fast you would then match their pace. After a few minutes you gradually slow down or go to what is normal for you and they will genearally follow your lead.
    Each of us has kindness and assertiveness within us. It's not about always being one or the other. It's about (knowing when) to illustrate one or the other to get the outcome you want.
    Never forget (you) get to (choose) who you will spend your time with. If you are unhappy in a relationship and (choose) to stay in it then (you) are (choosing) to be unahppy. You can't blame someone else for (your) choices and you can't control another person.
    It's your life. Take the wheel!

  15. manatita44 profile image82
    manatita44posted 9 years ago

    We grow through service. Human nature cannot grow and does not grow without selfless service. Again, cosmic or universal laws will ensure that we get back what we put out. This is an inescapable law of Spirit. As we sow, so shall we reap. Yoga philosophy calls this 'karma'.
    The farmer plants the corn, gets the necessary rain, tills the soil and feeds it good manure. Sooner or later he gets a bumper harvest. So to with human life. Doing good deeds ensures that we have good results, and bad deeds bad results. Besides, the joy of sacrifice will in itself become apparent with ceaseless service as it enlarges our hearts and purifies our Spirit.

  16. dksuttle profile image78
    dksuttleposted 9 years ago

    among other things it lowers your blood pressure...

    1. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Very true. Great light-hearteded but invaluable answer.

    2. lupine profile image68
      lupineposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Now that's  a very good reason for being kind...for health.

  17. lupine profile image68
    lupineposted 9 years ago

    Everthing works better when human beings are kind to themselves, and to others. This creates happiness, self-worth, better health, and balance in our life and in nature. A person is much more attractive when they are kind. I doubt we were brought into this world to behave any other way.

  18. SoundNFury profile image84
    SoundNFuryposted 9 years ago

    It's important because of the ripple effect that happens with the energy that you put out into the world.  If you are positive and a good person, giving off positive energy, then others will absorb that energy and transfer it on to others.  It's like being a candle, and you spread light by lighting other candles.  The end result is more positivity in the universe.

  19. profile image0
    Lizam1posted 9 years ago

    I think we are essentially all nice inside.  When we share our best selves others share their best selves too.  Being nice (I prefer genuine) creates harmony, community and teaches the younger generations to follow by our modelling.  Sadly the value of niceness is not reflected in many of the systems we have set up such as schools, government and in  business practice.  I am not against competition and I  think that if we were genuinely nicer to each other we would have less poverty, less chance of wars starting and a more balanced world.

    1. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Sweet Lizam

  20. MissD7998 profile image59
    MissD7998posted 9 years ago

    Because Karma good or bad always comes back to you.

  21. NornsMercy profile image60
    NornsMercyposted 9 years ago

    I find it just "feels" better to be a nice human being. Negativity builds up inside of us and turns into a hard, dense stone which weighs us down eventually and doesn't allow us to live our best life possible.

    Being nice makes me feel lighthearted and free.

  22. Relationshipc profile image88
    Relationshipcposted 9 years ago

    One of the reasons is because it makes me feel better about myself and my role in the world. I have an example.

    I worked in an nursing home for a while and had to deal with some pretty cranky people (they had good reason.) However, day after day this one woman purposely tried to make me miserable. She was rude, uncooperative, and mean. She made me feel bad about myself. One day, I decided that the way to feel better about myself was to make her feel bad, so I used my words against didn't go as planned. I felt horrible for the whole day. After I apologized to her (and really felt the kindness and sincerity in my heart) I felt amazing. It was a that moment that I realized being nice always feels better than hatred or anger. I would rather go through my days feeling good than wasting them feeling bad.

    1. SidKemp profile image80
      SidKempposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your courage in sharing this story so honestly. We all hear this idea, but to hear a story of the actual moment of insight and change is inspiring.

  23. Andy McGuire profile image62
    Andy McGuireposted 9 years ago

    Because there are so many of us on the planet now that we've become overly cynical, irritable, and even self-loathing. We are losing the concept of human decency a bit more everyday and if that concept dies, then what are we? A planet full of dicks, according to my hub, "Easy Steps To Avoid Being A Dick."

    If everyone made a conscious effort to be a bit nicer to everyone then everyone WOULD be nicer to everyone and then "effort" would eventually become "second nature."
    It's a process that won't happen overnight, but we need to start right now.

  24. Express10 profile image85
    Express10posted 9 years ago

    I find that it simply feels good to be nice to others and to have it returned. The more exposure you have to nice people, the easier things in life seem to become, even life challenges. I have also seen that my being nice to others can motivate them to work hard through difficult situations. I want to remain an optimistic realist, not bogged down by others projecting their problems on me, nor do I ever wish to project my problems onto others by being mean or negative. This is not to say I will not respond when attacked as even a mouse will protect themselves. But, I don't claim to always be nice as I only have two cheeks to turn although I make my best efforts. Those dead set on being mean or negative to others more often than not view their lives in this manner and this is not how I want to live my life.

  25. rexy profile image59
    rexyposted 9 years ago

    Ah- to be a nice human being to me is like =  to be a good role model.

  26. Born2care2001 profile image75
    Born2care2001posted 9 years ago

    There is no downside to being kind and the return on the energy expended is infinite. Kindness fertilizes the atmosphere of joy. It is also very,very contagious!
    Peace be with you!

  27. dbroomfi profile image80
    dbroomfiposted 9 years ago

    It is important to be nice because you never know how your behavior towards someone will influence them. Think about the troubled individuals who commit crazy crimes. When you hear their stories you find out that they were at times mistreated. We all want to be treated nicely so we should practice being kind even when others are rude and mean. What we put out will some how come back to us.

  28. MissJamieD profile image54
    MissJamieDposted 9 years ago

    Because that's what God intended for us to do and if we expect to be treated with respect and dignity, shouldn't we pay it forward?

    Evil is the root of all bad behavior so I try to keep that to a minimum. Also, I like to help others and make them smile or just help them be more comfortable in their situation. At times in my life when I've been down on my luck, I still thank God that I had good friends and family that helped and supported me. Had I had to face some of those problems alone, I probably wouldn't be here today due to utter depression which can ultimately lead to death, or suicide.

  29. SidKemp profile image80
    SidKempposted 9 years ago

    I wouldn't tell anyone else to be nice - that wouldn't be nice!

    It's an individual choice. I choose it for many reasons. The inner experience of feeling peace and love towards everyone and everything is just great. The relaxation opens my sensitivity, and I commune with nature. Animals like me, and children smile at me.

    Some people don't notice. But many do. Just catching the name of the checkout clerk at the grocery and thanking him or her brings a smile back to me. Some people really appreciate kindness. And those are the kind of people I surround myself with.

  30. calynbana profile image82
    calynbanaposted 9 years ago

    It isn't. We should never just be nice. We should be loving and honest. That often rules out the choice to be "nice". The origin of the word nice seems fitting since people often try to be "nice" while their heart/thoughts are the furthest thing from it. Originally to nice was to be silly, ignorant, or foolish. In todays society there is way to much emphasis on being nice, polite and respectable. On tolerating everyone around us. It may seem "nice". But is it really? When it is an act, when people behave in a way that is contrary to their beliefs and opinions just to appear nice?

    I opt for the honest not so nice but a lot more loving approach.

    1. lupine profile image68
      lupineposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Being "nice" is just the tip of the iceberg...there's a lot more to it. If someone is just trying to be nice for appearances, as you mentioned, are fooling themselves. Being loving & honest is important...being nice/kind goes right along side.

  31. Sherry Hewins profile image92
    Sherry Hewinsposted 9 years ago

    I'm not actually sure that being "nice" is a goal of mine. I'm not saying that I want to be mean or cruel, just that sometimes being nice translates to being passive. I think that kids, especially girls, are often trained not to make trouble, so do not ask questions or stand up for themselves when they need to. Sometimes I think that I need to be less concerned about being nice.

  32. mathira profile image82
    mathiraposted 9 years ago

    When you are a nice human being, it makes you feel good about yourself. I think that sympathy, care, humility, love and honesty all make you a good human being and when you have such qualities, you can lead a fruitful life.

    1. manatita44 profile image82
      manatita44posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Very nice mathira. You also have a nice face. God bless.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)