Nice people finish last, right? Nope.
In fact, in many areas, nice people wind up ahead of the game. According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, research shows that being nice pays solid dividends in several areas:
- Work: Nice people get better performance reviews from senior supervisors. Nice people are less likely to be fired.
- Romance: Nice men are perceived as more attractive. (Sorry, no mention of a corresponding study on women, but I’m willing to bet — or at least choosing to believe — that what’s good for the gander is good for the goose here too!)
- Happiness: Small daily acts of kindness raise one’s self-judged happiness.
The article goes on to recommend a simple strategy for learning to be nice: imitate a nice person.
So how do we teach our kids to be nice?
Well, we all know who they tend to imitate, don’t we. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
So let your kid catch you doing plenty of nice things. Such as? Smile and be friendly to those around you for starters. Then try a few small random acts of kindness like the ones here.
Before you know it, you’ll be nicer, you're kids will be nicer, and you’ll all be winners at work, in relationships, and in your own mind.
Sounds like a bargain. Being nice costs you nothing yet pays huge dividends. It’s one of those rare cases in real life where everyone really is a winner.
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