Motivation Monday: Be Nice
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
This week's challenge is so simple, but so important - we're challenging you to be a nicer person. The greatest 'superpower' we all have is to be nice...even when our instincts are telling us not to.
You may be thinking to yourself - I'm already a 'nice' person. Why do I need to try at this? But think long and hard about the last few times you were short or perhaps a little rude to someone. Was it because you were stressed out after standing in a long line? Or did you have to wait extra long to see a doctor or get seated at a restaurant? While it can be tempting to let our frustrations out on the person on the other end, think about how they're feeling. That long lineup of people can't be easy to deal with - especially when people are at a boiling point.
Being nice isn't just about the little interactions we all go through each day. It's also about how we respond to other people. For example, think of your coworkers. Does one of them frustrate you? Do you tend to tear down someone's ideas? Are you short or clipped with anyone? Think about how it makes them feel - or how you would feel if someone spoke that way to you. Is there a more constructive way for you to interact? After all, if you don't give them the opportunity for self-improvement they'll likely never stop getting on your nerves.
And of course, being nice can also apply to little acts of kindness. It can be things you go out of your way to do (like bringing your spouse home a favourite treat you know they love), but it can also be stepping in when normally you'd say 'that's not my problem'. Is someone stuck spinning their wheels in the snow? Instead of letting your rage boil over while you wait behind them, hop out and volunteer to help. If you can, carve out a few extra minutes each day to do something nice - take out a coworkers recycling when you're dropping off your own, shovel a neighbour's walkway, offer to help out a friend in need.
Spread a little good in the world and you'll be amazed at what you receive in return. A simple thank you can go a long way.