I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I need to be a better person.
LOL Hahahaha LOL
Did you buy that? That’s so not true.
Actually, I’m pretty imperfect. The thing that I really have going, though, is that my heart always seeks the best – in myself and in others. So, I’m continually growing and have made a living out of helping other people to grow, too. We can all grow and become better people so the world, in response, becomes a better place for us all.
My last few posts have been pretty heady and long so today we’re going to keep it short and sweet and light-hearted.
Just for kicks, let’s take a look at some simple things we can all do today to be a better person (and by better, I mean kinder and more loving).
1. Return Your Shopping Cart
Better yet, return your shopping cart along with the shopping cart of the mom who is fumbling for her keys while juggling her groceries (including that precious bottle of Merlot that is going to be her prize for making it to the end of the day), purse, screaming 4-month old and wandering toddler.
2. Leave Some Space
When using the public restroom, if at all possible, leave an empty stall between you and the next gal. If there are 5 stalls empty in a quiet, 6-stall bathroom, why take the one right next to the poor old gal who went all the way down to the end to do her business in private? It’s uncomfortable and weird – leave some space and wash your hands. Which leads us to…
3. Wash your Hands
Yes, everyone is watching. The world will be a better place if you would, simply, wash your hands. (No, not you dear friend, I know you do. I’m talking about the other guy).
4. Avoid the Green Nozzles
You know how you don’t know something until you know it? Well, here’s one I didn’t realize until just a few years ago. If you don’t drive a diesel vehicle, avoid the pumps with the green nozzles. Why? You might ask, “They have regular gas there, too!” Indeed, they do. However, gas stations typically have several pumps for regular gasoline engines and very few for diesel. So, when there are open pumps for your regular car, but you use the diesel pump instead, the diesel guy has to wait behind looking like a stalker while he watches you pump in oblivion, and please, please, please….
5. Pull Away from the Pump
If you are finished pumping and paying for your gas and realize that you need a Snickers bar before you turn into a diva – pull away from the pump and into a parking space before heading into the store. This way the next guy can get his gas and get on with his day and you come off as the hero (win-win).
6. Stop with the Tapping, Clicking, Spinning and Gum Popping
The world is a noisy and busy enough place. Please, just stop.
7. Refill the Blinker Fluid
Cars were made with blinkers for a reason – they take a dangerous situation and make it just a little safer AND the likelihood of blinker induced road rage is so minimal. Why not give it a shot, it’s easy! Blink left. Blink right….super easy.
8. Put Down the Phone
I know it doesn’t seem like it impairs your driving, but the guy behind would beg to differ. It’s not safe and it would make me really happy if you would just pay attention to the road. (I am not judging…I am so very guilty of this).
9. Life People Up
I know that our culture has conditioned us to gossip and put outsiders down as a means of connecting to ‘our people.’ But just because society says it’s ok doesn’t make it ok for your heart or the people around you. Remember when mom said, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”? Mom was right. With some practice, positive speech will become as natural as washing your hands or using the blinker.
Smile, smile, smile, smile, smile. I read an article recently said that visitors to the US are irritated by our penchant for smiling about everything, but I say who cares?! Your smile could be the one thing that brightens a strangers day or lets an elderly woman know you see her when she hasn’t been seen in weeks. Your smile is a powerful weapon against the lies that everyone carries, whispering in their ear, “No one sees you. No one cares about you.” Then, you come along and, BAM, you smile lights up the world.
See that? Super duper easy things you can do today to be a kinder, more loving (yes, leaving space in the public restroom is loving….my husband thinks it’s weird that I care about this) and a better person. Now, go out there and return that cart.
While this list was written for giggles, if you’re really interested in learning how to be kinder, safer – check out this post How to be an Emotionally Safe Person.
P.S. Won’t you let me know what simple, little things you do to make the world a better place? Share your ideas in the comments.