I don’t know about you, but I have been noticing lately the amount of books and articles that are out about being happy. I mean, I know they were always there, but lately I must be noticing them more (you can definitely chalk it up to this blog!).
I liken being nice to a lot of things: being compassionate, considerate, self-aware, proactive, and yes, happy. I manage to turn bad days into better days by my pleasant interactions with others, whether they are strangers or friends. I focus in on those positive moments, like I might bask in the strong warm sunlight on a chilly afternoon. I choose how I digest my day, how I interact with others, what type of energy I project, how I process or receive information. These things are all my choice. Even when someone purposefully toys with my temper, trying to work a reaction out of me, I am still in control of my character and how I feel and respond to those actions.
I was reading an article the other day featured on the MSNBC/Today website (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/28114004/?GT1=43001). It is about this book: “Get a Life That Doesn’t Suck: 10 Surefire Ways to Live Life and Enjoy the Ride,” by Michelle DeAngelis. The featured excerpt is very interesting. You might enjoy reading it. It reflects on this very idea: we choose to be nice, happy, proactive, friendly, positive, receptive, and so on. We choose how we feel.
This article responds very much to my attitude about niceness: if I want my world to be more positive and courteous, I must first choose to be positive and courteous. I must choose to be open to those interactions. By choosing to be pleasant, the likelihood that others will return the kindness is far greater. And this decision directly contributes to the positivity of my day.
I hope you enjoy the article. I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this idea.
And as always, thanks for reading!
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