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Mr. Nice Guy

Updated on November 13, 2012

Mike's Common Sense

I have one motto, “Nice guys finish first (except in football)”. It is not much of a motto, but I do try to live it.

I have taught my son, “It doesn’t cost you anything to be nice to someone”, and it is true. How can it be, that something so easy to do, and so cheap to execute, be so positive?

That is easy to answer if you happen to be the recipient of someone being nice to you. Having someone do you a good deed or a kind gesture can make your whole day if you are on the receiving end. If a total stranger can make your day by being nice, think how many people’s lives you could positively affect just by being nice to them. The thought literally boggles the mind.

If each and every one of us performed just one good deed per day, like the Boy Scouts try to do, it would change the world. Tensions between people would be slashed, blood pressures would drop. People would relax and enjoy life for the blessing it truly is.

Is it really all that easy? Well, yes, and no. The concept of it is easy to grasp, but the practice is not so easy. In order to be nice to someone, you actually have to be able to think outside your personal bubble. You have to come out of your shell, and be aware of the other people around you.

Lately this is getting harder and harder to do. Everyone has a cell phone, i-pod, or P.D.A., etc. occupying their attention. It is very easy to get wrapped up in yourself, and not notice other people.

It really is easy to be a nice guy. In the course of a normal day there are many times when you can be nice to someone if you are on the look out. Just try not to get too wrapped up in yourself, your worries, and problems.

All it takes to make some one’s day is to hold a door, smile and say good morning when you pass someone, offer the use of your cell phone for someone stranded on the side of the road; the possibilities are endless. All it takes is for you to be aware of other people, and to do something nice when the situation allows it.

There is something strange about being nice to people, it spreads


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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish! volunteer work is good deeds to the nth power! That is fantastic, and as you stated, the personal rewards are tremendous.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi IslandVoice! nice to meet you. I love Hawaii and have been there 5 times. Thank you for the kind words.

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi James, you are right, it is so simple, yet so effective. Thanks for stopping by.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      hi muley,

      Many years ago I involved myself with an animal shelter's pet therapy program.  It was my mission, once a month, to take a puppy and kitten to an assigned nursing home.  So many of these folks had no family left, and therefore, not many visitors, if any.

      The rewards for me were tremendous.  I so loved watching those older folks' faces light up when they knew it was their special day to share time with a puppy and kitten.  They told me stories about their beloved pets.  They showed me their pictures that they still had on their nightstands and in albums of the pets they loved and lost.

      One woman had me sit with her for an hour, and when it was time for me to leave, she asked could I please leave the kitten with her.  It broke my heart.  She promised she would love it and take good care of it, but sadly, I had to tell her why that was not possible.  In spite of that, she took my hand and said thank you dear, it's people like you who make life worth living.  Needless to say, I held my tears till I reached my car.

      I've always had an affinity for the elderly.  I love listening to their stories of their past life.  It is fascinating to hear how things were and how they coped in the times before modern technology. 

      The simple act of taking the time to spend with someone, to hear what they have to say, and to share thoughts with is more rewarding than I can express.

      I like the expression 'give someone a smile, it might be the only one they get all day' :)

      Thanks muley, for an uplifting hub.

      I did that volunteering for about a year, because I had to get myself back to work.  To know that for one day a month I put a smile on someone's face

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 8 years ago from Hawaii

      I totally agree! The world seems to get nastier and nastier by the minute. I love being 'wired' in this techno age, but finding our way to nice connectivity is not all that easy. Still, i'm very happy to be meeting a few here and there. Your hub is precious!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Two Thumbs Up! You are so right, brother. How much better the world would be if we all followed this simple advice.