How do you feel when you witness a stranger commit an intolerable act? Does it make you question humanity? I hear stories of people doing heinous things for money and hurting others in the process. It doesn’t make sense why we would stoop to a low level to garner attention. On the other hand, while these nasty stories do exist, there are others hidden stories about ordinary citizens doing amazing acts of kindness. These stories restore my faith in humanity and make me believe that we all are capable of making choices to become better humans. Here are some things to consider if you want to be a good person.
The key to becoming a better person boils down to knowing when and how to be kind. Everyone endures hardship and it is important to recognize when someone is struggling and to offer a helping hand. We’re not saying that you need to be a saint but be mindful of what you can do to make others happy. I find acts of kindness in unexpected moments can turn a person’s bad day around and make all the difference. I encourage you to buy food for the homeless; volunteer at your favorite charity; spend time with the elderly. Be kind to everyone you meet and show them that you care.
Respect and tolerance are a huge component of being a better human. The world is full of people with different aspirations, ways of thinking, and values. Some beliefs a person holds dear to them may seem offensive to you. The problem comes when we attack them for the things they believe. We make others feel inferior. Rather than allow them to think for themselves, we feel the need to force our beliefs upon them. Being a better person means we must learn to bite our tongue and acknowledge their set of opinions. While we are not accepting their beliefs, we are able to be less critical and less offensive to them.
Clean up after yourself! The world is dirty and that is a result of our existence. We litter and don’t place our environment on a pedestal as we should. There is an abundant amount of pollution. It ranges from factory smoke to trash in our oceans to the destruction of our forests and wildlife. We need to learn how to clean up. This means picking up trash as you see them on the street and throwing it in a bin. Grow a garden to encourage more greenery. Volunteer to clean up the beach. With more hands on deck, we will be able to save a valuable part of us: our planet.
It is important for all of us to take a proactive approach to becoming a better person. Take time to think about what you can do to help others and the world we live. Rather than promote negativity, learn to be positive and encouraging. If we all understand how important it is to be good, then we’ll see this world shape into a remarkable one.
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