What does it cost to be nice?

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It’s been a pretty busy week around here. Classes start next week so I’ve been in meetings all week. We also have a hurricane coming so trying to get things done in case we lose power. Usually we have pretty good luck in our neighborhood because our lines are all underground but the power that feeds into our neighborhood is above ground so we’ll have to see.

As those of us on the east coast prepare for the hurricane, remember that we are all in the same boat here. People around here tend to get less than pleasant when lines get long and stores start running out of things. So if you are out shopping for your water and canned goods over the next few days, think to yourself “how much does it cost to be nice?” Will the lines move faster if you are miserable to everyone around you? Will the warehouse club miraculously have more bread if you have a nasty look on your face? If anything, you’ll just get more miserable and more nasty because others will react to you the same way.

I go out of my way to be nice to people when I’m out and about. I hate shopping (which probably helps with the frugal thing) but it’s not the Target employees’ fault so why take it out on them. A lot of people walk around in pretty terrible moods which can easily put others in a terrible mood. Well, what if we all went out of our way to be nice to folks. Maybe the good mood would spread.

Tuesday, I went to the grocery store to pick up what I needed for this week’s meal plan. When I was walking into the store I saw a World War II Veteran coming out of the store, looking like he wasn’t having a very good day. I made a point to walk up to him and thank him for his service. Suddenly, he had a huge smile on his face and a spring in his step. Hopefully, I made his day a little better. On the same trip, I gave my cart to a lady who thanked me profusely for being so courteous. I think we could really make a difference if we were all just a little nicer to each other.

I know it always makes me feel better and I’m less likely to have road rage during rush hour.

What do you think? Have you ever gone out of your way to be nice to a stranger?

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