Be Nice Twice

exercise equipment

There is a very easy, simple and thoughtful way for any person to be nice… twice!  It occurred to me when I realized how un-nice I was being and didn’t realize it. See, when I work out at the gym, I usually warm-up on the treadmill for 10 minutes and then pop down to the mats to do strengthening and stretching exercises, after which I do more cardio and wipe down my machine afterward. But what I was not doing was wiping down my treadmill the first time I used it. I rationalized my inaction by the fact that I touched the buttons only 4-5 times when I used the machine and didn’t sweat. But touching buttons is touching buttons. Who knows what germs I may have spread by not wiping down the machine. Not to mention, if it were the other way around, I bet I’d be writing about whosoever was inconsiderate and didn’t wipe down their machine! Shame on me!

So, that’s how easy it is to be nice–twice: first, be nice to your body by working out in the first place. Exercise has a number of benefits that I will have to share another time. And second, thoroughly wipe down your equipment and your mat.  I’m sure we would all like the same done for us. If we all thought the way I did before today, those machines would be pretty dirty! And no one wants to exercise on top of someone else’s sweat and germs.

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Cleanliness is kindness

This post is in conjunction with the release of my newest postcard about washing hands. I thought up the postcard awhile ago, but it seems appropriate that it is being released now during the beginning of flu season.  Washing your hands is a conscientious thing to do in these germy times. While I do think some things take it too far (like anti-bacterial body wash and facial tissues), basic cleanliness and caution is always advisable. You never know if the person standing next to you might have some condition that makes them susceptible to illness, and while you may feel healthy, you may still have yucky germy-things that can make others sick.

Case-in-point: at my job, there is a woman who sits nearby that never covers her mouth when she coughs or sneezes. And she does it a lot!  Imagine all the germs that may be flung into the air each time she sneezes!  Or the women that leave the bathroom without washing their hands at work. EW. I know a person who is allergic to the hand soap in her work restroom, so she brings her own. Now that is considerate! So these non-handwashers have no excuse, wouldn’t you say?

But I think many of us believe that simply running our hands under some water (sans soap) will clean them up. This is not the case. My friend Mandy, a medical professional, explained to me that it is the friction that comes with hand-washing (plus the warm water and soap) that frees up the spores and whatnot attached to our skin, which makes our hands clean. This is the purpose behind the 15 second rule for hand washing. I had no idea. I thought that was a rule made up to get people to wash in general (ask for 15 seconds, and you’ll get the 5 seconds necessary–seemed to make sense). So I guess we all better do a stand-up job at hand washing. Remember, you can get yourself sick too by touching some communal item and then touching your face! Cleanliness helps everyone!

Below I have attached the CDC guidelines for proper hand washing. You can find the info here. For a cuter website with an awesome rubber ducky in its heading, check this link out: This website is a great resource for all things handwashing related!

Steps to proper handwashing…

  1. Hands should be washed using soap and warm, running water
  2. Hands should be rubbed vigorously during washing for at least 20 seconds with special attention paid to the backs of the hands, wrists, between the fingers and under the fingernails
  3. Hands should be rinse well while leaving the water running
  4. With the water running, hands should be dried with a single-use towel
  5. Turn off the water using a paper towel, covering washed hands to prevent re-contamination.


Hands should be washed after the following activities:

  • After touching bare human body parts other than clean hands and clean, exposed portions of arms
  • After using the toilet
  • After coughing, sneezing, using a handkerchief or disposable tissue, using tobacco, eating or drinking
  • After handling soiled equipment or utensils
  • After food preparation, as often as necessary to remove soil and contamination and to prevent cross-contamination when changing tasks
  • After switching between working with raw food and working with ready-to-eat food
  • After engaging in other activities that contaminate the hands.


Note:  The VSP does not endorse the use of hand sanitizers in lieu of handwashing with soap and warm, running water.  Hand sanitizers containing 60-90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol in concentration with equivalent sanitizing strength, may be used as an adjunct to proper handwashing.


© Be Nice. Creator and Be Nice. (, 2008-2009.

And in honor of Wiping the Seatie…

So I was telling this friend of mine the other day about toilet seats and the lack of wiping going around, and she said the main perpetuaters were “hover girls”. And I have to say I love this phrase and I have to agree. So here is my thought:

Hover girls are afraid of germs on the seat, so they are afraid of sitting on the seat. What germs are they afraid of? The pee speckles that get there from the bad aiming and the girls that hover! AKA: them.

So, really, these hover girls are the reason for their problem! Because if they would stop peeing all over the seat, perhaps they wouldn’t be so freaked out to sit on it! And I’m not saying that a good layer of toilet paper isn’t in order when we sit on the seat (because it is: urine is sterile, skin is not), but I am saying, “Jeez! The irony!”  Hover girls are self-perpetuating hypochondriacs!!!!\


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New Postcard!

Hey everybody! 

First off, thanks for reading, and thanks to all of you who comment. It makes my day to know so many people read the blog and are spreading the word. I’m glad there are so many nice people coming together to pay it forward!

Second: I have finished and am distributing a new postcard! This one is based on one of my first posts: Wipe the Seatie Sweetie! I get so tired of urine-speckled toilet seats. YUCK YUCK YUCK! Weren’t we all taught to clean up after ourselves, I mean really???!!!!  Anywho, I hope you enjoy this one. I’m working on a series of twelve or more, so stay tuned!

Wipe the Seatie Sweetie
Wipe the Seatie Sweetie

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What is this tube in my belly & where did my appendix go?

In “Thank You Dr. So-And-So,” I mentioned the importance of paying respect/courtesy to our medical professionals…..  After spending a large amount of time in and out of a hospital this last month interacting with doctors, I have to say that many, but not all, doctors need to return the favor.

I know they spend years studying and that many things are boring and old-hat to them, but to the patient the issues are serious and a tremendous concern. Disregarding questions and concerns with a shrug or an irritated look is not only rude and insensitive, it is irresponsible and disrespectful. Who knows what a doctor might learn if they gave the patient a chance to speak? If they didn’t treat the patient like they didn’t know anything?

Many patients like to know what the doctors outside the hospital room are saying to each other about the patient’s case when on their rounds. Why not give them that option? Why do patients have to ask over and over for test results, for answers, for basic post-op care instructions?  This can be a problem with “bedside manner” or this can be administrative and commuicative error.  Either way, it would make the world a nicer place with a little more patience and information.


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ewww gross

Gum under tables:

Seriously? I thought people only did that in movies! Surely it could be placed in a tissue, wrapper or old receipt.

Stinky bathroom:

Hey, no one can help it if they have business to do that is less-than-pleasant. But, don’t forget: courtesy flush! 🙂


Unless you’re a kid and don’t know any better, put ’em in a tissue or something disposable, eh? And then actually dispose of it.

Farts in Public:

Some people have excusable medical reasons for their flatulence. I empathize with their situation. My suggestion is: find a place less populated and do it there (watch out for the ones that hang on as you walk around). And in my opinion, it’s better to let it remain anonymous if discovered than to blame it on an innocent bystander.

Unwashed bathroom hands:

There’s a whole post on that one: Soap and Water


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