April 19, 2021
“I think if you’re a good person and spread happiness, good things will come to you.”
Jessie James Decker
I am really enjoying the gradual reopening of society.I get to renew old friendships and hopefully make new friends. I have found that I feel better and do better when I do things for the right reasons. I think the greatest gift we can give ourselves is doing our best, not only for ourseves but also for others.
The following is an abridged article that ioffers us tips on how we can be the person we want to be.
15 Ways to Become a Better Person
BY JOHN RAMPTON
If you want to continue to grow as a person, here are 15 ways to make the most of yourself.
1. Compliment Yourself – Every morning before you go on with your daily routine, take a couple of minutes to give yourself a compliment. Whether you compliment your outfit, haircut, or how you recently completed a task using your unique skill sets, giving yourself a little emotional boost will make you happy.
2. Don’t Make Excuses – Blaming your spouse, boss, or clients is fruitless and won’t get you very far. Instead of pointing fingers and making excuses about why you aren’t happy or successful in your personal or professional life, own your mistakes and learn from them.
3. Let Go of Anger – Letting go of anger is easier said than done. While anger is a perfectly normal emotion, you can’t let it fester.
4. Practice Forgiveness – Joyce Marter, LCPC, suggests you forgive and let go of resentment. She notes, “If for no other reason than for yourself, forgive to untether yourself from the negative experiences of the past.'”
5. Be Honest and Direct – Learn to articulate your thoughts, feelings, and ideas in an open and honest manner.
6. Be Helpful – Being helpful is one of the easiest and most effective ways to practice becoming a better person. I find that the more I help others, the better I feel about myself and everyone around me.
7. Listen to Others – As Jeet Banerjee notes on Lifehack, “listening to people and giving everyone a voice is one of the greatest things you can do.” Being a good listener can change your life in a positive manner.”
8. Act Locally – You may not be able to save the world, but you very well could make a difference in your neck of the woods. Get to know and care about your community.
9. Always Be Polite – How much effort does it take to say, “Thank you,” or to hold the elevator door open for someone? Not much at all. However, these acts of kindness can make someone’s day.
10. Be Yourself – Tiffany Mason has five excellent reasons on Lifehack why you should be yourself. These include being able to align yourself with your values and beliefs, establish your identity, build courage, create boundaries, and find focus and direction.
11. Be Open to Change – This allows you to grow because you experience something new. It helps you be high functioning and self-confident if you are not wary of change.
12. Be Respectful – Be respectful of others’ time, thoughts, ideas, lifestyles, feelings, work, and everything else. You don’t have to agree with any of it, but people have a right to their opinions and yours is not necessarily correct.
13. Don’t Show Up Empty-handed – Going to a party this weekend at your friend’s apartment? Make sure you don’t arrive empty-handed.
14. Educate Yourself – Remember, we’re all interconnected, and being aware of different cultures, different people, and what their lives are like can make you a more well-rounded individual. This will also help you understand points of view different from your own.
15. Surprise People – How good does it feel to make someone smile? It feels pretty good, right? Surprise your loved ones or co-workers now and then, with a gift, a night out on the town, or by offering help when you know they could use it.
“Never regret being a good person, to the wrong people. Your behavior says everything about you, and their behavior says enough about them.”
Marc & Angel Chernoff
Bernie and Esther were not the most religious Jews and in fact they really only went to Temple once a year. As they were leaving the Temple, the Rabbi said, “Bernie, it sure would be nice to see you and Esther here more than once a year!”
“I know,” replied Bernie, “but at least we keep the Ten Commandments.”
“That’s great,” the Rabbi said. “I’m glad to hear that you keep the Commandments.”
“Yep,” Bernie said proudly, “Esther keeps six of them and I keep the other four.”
“Carve your name on hearts and not marble.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I was driving the other day and came up on a VW Beetle with a license plate reading ‘BOBS MG’. I was able to pull up beside the car at the next light, so I said to the driver, “Hey, that’s not an MG.”
The driver looked over at me and said, “I’m not Bob.”
The Washington POST asked its readers to supply the beginning of a sentence that you don’t want to hear the end of:
“It looks like when they built your basement, they did a kind of funny thing…”
“Sir, uh, me and your daughter…”
“In what experts are emphasizing is merely a long-overdue market correction…”
“First, I’d like to thank the academy…”
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
Leaving a plush night club one evening, a miserly gentleman walked past the doorman without tipping him.
Never the less, the doorman helped the man into a taxi with a flourish and said pleasantly, “By-the-way, in case you happen to lose your wallet on the way home, Sir, just remember that you didn’t pull it out here.”
“In elementary school, in case of fire you have to line up quietly in a single file line from the smallest to tallest. What is the logic? Do tall people burn slower?”
A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting! Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, “PULL OVER!” “NO!” the blonde yelled back, “SCARF!”
Jane had a system for labeling homemade freezer meals. She would carefully note in large clear letters, “Meatloaf” or “Pot Roast” or “Steak and Vegetables” or “Chicken and Dumplings” or “Beef Pot Pie.”
Everyday when she asked her husband what he wanted for dinner, he never asked for any of those meals. She decided to stock the freezer with his various requests. What he really likes.
In Jane’s freezer you’ll see a whole new set of labels. You’ll find dinners with neat little tags that say: “Whatever,” “Anything,” “I Don’t Know,” “I Don’t Care,” “Something Good,” or “Food.”
No more frustration for Jane because no matter what her husband replies when she asks him what he wants for dinner, it’s there waiting.
Marriages are made in heaven. But then again, so are thunder and lightning!
A young clergyman, fresh out of seminary, thought it would help him better understand the fears and temptations his future congregations faced if he first took a job as a policeman for several months. He passed the physical examination; then came the oral exam to test his ability to act quickly and wisely in an emergency. Among other questions he was asked, what would you do to disperse a frenzied crowd?
He thought for a moment and then said, I would take up a collection.
“Give me a sentence about a public servant,” said a teacher.
The small boy wrote: “The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.” The teacher took the lad aside to correct him. “Don’t you know what pregnant means?” she asked.
“Sure,” said the young boy confidently. “It means carrying a child.”
“To this day, just always treat people the way you want to be treated. Whether it’s family or friends or co-workers, I think it’s the most important thing. Whether you have success or don’t have it, whether you’re a good person is all that matters.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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