Be Nice has a URL! Woo!

This probably WAY overdue (okay, it is. I admit it.), but finally people can find the Be Nice. blog using the old address SomethingSoNice.wordpress.com and they can also now find it using the URL BeNiceProject.com!  I’m really happy about this, and have long researched what would be the best way to have a custom URL for the blog. I had originally thought of designing a whole new webpage that would take over the blog and leave WordPress completely, but ultimately I was afraid of losing readers that were linked into the blog here and I really enjoy the community here at WordPress.  So I am happy to report, I am staying right here and you can find me the old way or the new (more memorable) way!

Next up: TWITTER. Yup, I’m joining twitter land–even though, like blogging was to me 2 years ago, I have no idea what I’m getting into! I’ll let you know when that addition happens!

And of course, pardon my laziness the past month, but I will have an actual post (not just a video link!) coming soon!

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Challenge: “Follow-through” style courtesy

Absentminded courtesy is commonplace in our society. How many times have you done this: 

Walking down the stairs at work, you see a colleague coming up the opposite direction, and you say,  “Hey, how are you?” without stopping to hear his/her response. 

It was your way of saying “Hello” right? Neither of you probably bothered to give or hear an answer because it was not expected.  There’s nothing wrong with this practice, but why not change it up? Here’s a good challenge:

Just for one day, follow-up your “How are you’s” with another question. It could be, “Is it supposed to rain today?” or “Is your work day going quickly?” or,  it could be, “Wow, you seem rushed. Anything I could do to help?” It could also be, “Did you cut your hair? You look different.” Anything will do. What it tells the person opposite you is: someone caresYou cared enough to connect with him/her past the typical “Hello’s” and “How are you’s” that are usually met with absent-minded (or inaccurate) responses. And that makes you pretty darn terrific!

Bonus: you will be amazed at the exciting new things you learn or the way it will make you feel. I recommend taking on this challenge when you don’t have a crazy schedule. You might find yourself in some lively, unexpected conversations that slow you down (worthwhile I promise)!

 

© Be Nice. Creator and Be Nice.(somethingsonice.wordpress.com), 2008-2009.

Say Nice Things Day

In honor of my new Facebook page for Be Nice., I have created an event called “Say Nice Things Day.” I scheduled it for February 3rd, 2009. I don’t know if there is already an official day for this sort of idea (I’m sure there probably is), but I think this is the kind of thing we should do everyday anyways!

Have you ever thought something nice, but didn’t say it? Perhaps you don’t know the person, or maybe you figure they don’t care. You may have thought they knew it already, or you got in a tiff recently and you didn’t want them to think they won because you said something nice. I figure that I’ve got something to offer in my kind thoughts, and it is the other person’s job to take it or leave it. But either way, I’ve done my job of passing it on, paying it forward. Saying kind words when you think them can make a tremendous difference in a person’s day. They probably didn’t know that they (fill in the blank). Sometimes a kind word manages to come my way right around the time that I was doubting that very thing. And then my confidence is boosted once again.

So, say those nice things you think. Share with others your kind observations, your positive outlooks. And if you don’t have anything to say, share with them your genuine, sunny smile. Sometimes, that is all we need.

 

© Be Nice. Creator and Be Nice. (somethingsonice.wordpress.com), 2008-2009.