Be nice to people and they will be nice to you.
Of course, with the cynic in me, you can expect a lengthy disclaimer for the above. There are different people all over the world. Some people are nice by default, and some are not so nice. I need you to be cautions. I do not want you to get taken advantage of. Having someone walk all over you is also not something I envision for you.
However, I urge you to give people the benefit of the doubt. Your guard can be up and running, but do not be disrespectful and/ or aggressive when you first meet someone. Be polite, respectful and nice once you interact with ANYONE. It does not matter whether the person is the Pope, the President, a janitor, or a homeless person. They should all be initially treated in the same way. They are all people. Just like us.
Once someone gives you a reason to change your behavior, you can re-think your “nice” strategy. But not a second sooner. Think about how much better things would be that way. We would all be less stressed if we did not have to waste so much energy of attacking others and handling tense situations. Life is difficult already. Why make it even harder by giving ourselves more anger related headache?
I recently encountered someone whom everyone describes as “polite and nice”. That does not surprise me. What surprises me is that people are surprised to see/ hear/ witness such behavior. When did this become extinct behavior? When did we start expecting rudeness instead of politeness? In a situation like this, where rudeness is considered default, we forget to shun it. We expect it. We should not be applauding common courtesy. We should be condemning rudeness.
My friend always says: “You will catch more bees with honey.”
Are you polite by default?
What is your strategy when dealing with people you do not know?
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