How To | Be a Decent Human Being

1.08.2017


Okay, look, I get it -- being a good person is hard sometimes. Whether it be keeping the five dollar bill you found on the sidewalk outside your local coffee shop, or not wanting to wait to hold the door for someone, sometimes it's just easier to not do the good deed. But don't fret. There's still hope. As a self-proclaimed decent person myself, I've compiled a few of my tips to help you become a more positively-contributing citizen.

001. Educate yourself. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? But with access to so much information at our fingertips, sometimes we only brush the surface. So, reader, I encourage you to dig deeper. Ask questions. Learn. We have a tendency to accept the first opinion we hear about something as the truth -- but what about the other side of the argument?

 002. Share this gained knowledge with others, but do so respectfully. The second half of this suggestion is what's really important here. You are going to encounter individuals who think differently than you, and that's okay! Variance in feelings and opinions is what leads to debate, and this debate can lead to some serious change. It's okay to offer up your opinion, but always, always, always attempt to see things from alternative perspectives, and don't resort to rudeness and name-calling when people aren't willing to immediately change their outlook to align with yours.

003. Seek opportunities to help people. We're all here on this big ol' planet together, and we're all dealing with our own troubles. Do what you can to help one another; you have no idea how far a helping hand can go. Make sure to know your boundaries though -- sometimes you need to help yourself before you can help others. It's okay to put yourself first, and you should never feel ashamed about that.

004. Just be kind, dang it. Spread positivity and happiness. Ask somebody how his or her day is going, smile at your peers during passing, practice patience, and have an open mind. Try to brighten somebody's day. People are different from one another; can you imagine how boring it would be if we were all exactly the same? (Which reminds me of that episode of The Fairly Odd Parents where the whole town was composed of identical gray blob people. Does anyone else remember this? Just me? Okay.) It's simply not productive to put somebody down because they aren't the same as you, whether that be the same race, sexuality, gender, etc. Acceptance is powerful. And you just might find that not letting these minor differences bother you makes you a bit happier in the long run, too.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday, and remember to choose love.


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7 comments

  1. From one self-proclaimed decent person to another, I definitely agree with all of these tips. It only takes a little bit of effort to be kind to others! :)

    - katrina || yourstrulykatrina.com

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    1. I completely agree, Katrina! Thanks for reading :)

      Sara

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  2. Such a lovely post Sara, let's hope some people start to take some of these hints!
    Love, www.yasminanicole.com

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  3. This is a big New Year's resolution for me! I'm trying to get more involved with volunteering and donating but being kind to the people immediately around me is just as if not more important x

    Beauty From Katie

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    1. That's a wonderful resolution! Just being kind to the people around you is so simple, yet can make all the difference. Thanks for reading, Katie!

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