Simple ways that you can be a better person today.

I’m a firm believer that if you take small steps every single day, you can be a better person with each day that passes. It doesn’t take much… it really doesn’t. There are no grand gestures needed, no shows to put on for attention. It’s just a matter of making select choices to make your life better and make the lives of others better.

Here’s a few small things you can do to be a better person:

  1. Tell someone you love them. Whether it a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, brother, sister, daughter, son… whoever it might be, just tell them you love them. We all need to hear it once in a while.
  2. Hold the door open for someone. It’s a small gesture, but it means a whole lot.
  3. Use your manners. They cost nothing, but mean a whole lot. Please, thank you and have a nice day can make a difference between someone having a shit day and someone having hope in the human race.
  4. Offer a compliment to a stranger. Everyone’s just trying to get by and kindness from a stranger can go a long way in this crazy world.
  5. Be honest. Stop lying to people. Show them that you respect them enough to tell them the truth.
  6. Listen. Listen. Listen. Sometimes, being an ear for someone to talk to is the best thing you can do for a person. You don’t even have to talk at all, sometimes all someone needs is just to be heard.
  7. Help. Whether it’s giving up your seat to an elderly person, helping someone carry their groceries, or corralling a runaway toddler, a little bit of help that takes virtually no time out of your day can make a world of difference.
  8. Be yourself. The world doesn’t benefit from your playing small to fit in. Be who you are, who you want to be, who you dream of being. Project your best self and you can be your best self.
  9. Be respectful. You can disagree with someone without being an asshole. You can appreciate the time someone takes, even if it isn’t of benefit to you.
  10. Educate yourself. Learn. Learn what you can. Learn all that you can. Knowledge is power and spewing opinions and misinformation because you aren’t up to date on the current situations of the world, it doesn’t benefit everyone. If your thoughts, opinions and words are factually based, that’s one thing . But if you’re just spouting regurgitated talking points, stop… educate yourself, then try again.
  11. Make someone smile. I’m a firm believer that a smile is the best, and cheapest, gift that you can give someone. And, since you never really know what someone is going through, giving them a smile at the least is a great addition to their day and can often mean so much more than you could ever imagine.
  12. Let go of anger. It’s not doing you any good. It’s not doing the person you’re angry at any good. Just drop it. You’ll feel better when you do.
  13. Try to assume the best in others.

18 thoughts on “Simple ways that you can be a better person today.

  1. Great advice!
    I already practice those.
    I never hang up the phone with my daughter, grandkids, and other close relatives without saying “I Love you”. We never know whether that may be last time to have that chance. My maternal grandmother told us once, “don’t give me roses when I am dead, give them to me while I am alive so that I can enjoy them”!

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      1. She was a great role model for me.
        One thing I learned from her was her acceptance of anyone she met. I can’t recall ever hearing a racist statement from her lips. I really miss her. When I first left on my own it was nothing to pick up the phone and ask how to cook or bake something.

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    1. I find it’s a hit or miss depending on where I am and how ‘entitled’ the people are. People are far more inclined to hold doors open for me in neighbourhoods where everyone is a regular joe compared to neighbourhoods of opulence and wealth.

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  2. The last point was a good one for me to remember. I get worked up online due to misinformation that is spread. Maybe I’m in the right to point it out but it also chips away at my own happiness. Maybe being happy is more important than to be right. Your post made me think of a quote: ‘It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.’

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  3. Misinformation can get me rialled up really easily as well. I’ve learned though, what’s going to happen is going to happen anyways so there’s no point in me wasting my anger on it. It’s definitely more important to be nice. Your mental health depends on it!

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  4. Great list. It seems obvious in some ways but it’s amazing how many people don’t do these things. I would also add ‘Assume the best of others’. I think we humans are inclined to get easily annoyed at others when something doesn’t go our way. We get annoyed when someone cuts us up when we’re driving for example and assume that they’re just a dangerous or irresponsible driver rather than they simply didn’t see us because we were in their blind spot or maybe they’re distraught over a recent loss of someone close to them and are distracted by that … I could go on with examples but you get the picture. I think when we do something that could be seen as negative or a mistake we know our own hearts in it and know that we’re not a bad person because of it. Why is it so easy to assume the worst of other people?

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  5. To be a better person, I choose to be empathetic when people least deserve it. When others choose not to show kindness, it’s easy to fall in the same trap of entitlement. But I try to put myself in their shoes long enough not to react. I know having a bad day or a rough time in life is not a good reason to be rude, but empathy goes a long way. Who knows? A little kindness may be all they need to restart their day. 🙂

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    1. Trying to put yourself in the other person’s shoes is a really good way to be a better person. When understanding is something that we’re all looking for, your taking that small step probably goes an exceptionally long way to the people you know. I love the thoughts and I thank you for sharing.

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      1. When we show kindness when it’s least expected, it comes around when we need it most. Anyway, thank you for your post 🙂

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