Be Nice

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.” –Emily Post

Having good manners, being thoughtful, and otherwise practicing common courtesy demonstrates respect for self and others. This theme encourages us to act on those every day opportunities to be nice. Hold doors open for people, smile, say thank you, and be friendly. You know, do those little things it takes to demonstrate thoughtfulness for others, what might be called “extras” but maybe shouldn’t be.

To really solidify your experience, take time in the evening to review your day. What “extra” things did you do? How hard was it to do them? What kind of reactions did you get from others? How do you feel?

This theme may seem simple at first glance, or even not that significant. But I encourage you to give it some extra thought as you go about your usual routine. I have no doubt that those of us who fully engage in it will have a transformative experience and, like ripples that spread out when a pebble is dropped in a pond, we will have positively influenced others.

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