Posts Tagged: niceness
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Ask Polly: How to Be Nice

Hi Polly,

One of the goals I have set for myself this year is to be a kinder person: more supportive and forgiving of my friends, more friendly and open to people I've just met, more approachable and compassionate with strangers. The problem is that this is a huge struggle because I am not naturally compassionate with people I don't already like.

I have two reasons for wanting to be kinder: to ~make the world a better place~ in an abstract karmic kind of way, and also (this one is selfish) to fight against my depression, defensiveness, and general negative attitude toward life by opening myself up to more experiences. [...]

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Good And Evil Explained

You know that one person in your life who is just an absolute saint? She always puts everyone else's needs before her own. She is genuinely concerned about the welfare of the people around her, even the ones she doesn't know. She is there to listen to every single complaint you have, no matter how trivial and no matter how many times you have complained to her before. In every situation she is the first one to notice when someone feels uncomfortable, and she is the first person to try to put things right. She makes you feel like a terrible person, by comparison. Well, good news! She's not [...]