Three Easy Ways to be a Better Human Being

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Who among us couldn’t become an even better version of ourselves? Most of us have some kind of personal growth goals, whether they be spiritual, physical, mental, or emotional. But all progress starts with current habits (or lack thereof).

Start by being more mindful with your words. As the old adage goes - if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Will the words you’re about speak build someone up or tear them down needlessly? Did a barista mess up your order? Bite your tongue, forgive them, and politely ask for the correct beverage. Basically, don’t be an asshole, mkay?

Do something nice. To this day, Princess Diana remains the epitome of beauty and class. She exuded compassion and kindness. She was notably quoted as saying, “carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of a reward, safe in the knowledge that someone might do the same for you.”

Most of us, err *all*, aren’t princesses. But that doesn’t mean we can’t be kind and giving on the daily just like a princess. Remember a time when you were feeling down and someone made you feel better. Maybe you had a bad day or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed. When another person offers a genuine compliment, buys your coffee, or takes on the bulk of a project at work or school because they know you’re feeling down, it feels good. Remember the feeling of receiving a kind gesture and the warmth that comes with it. Give that feeling to other people freely without expecting anything in return. Give it to people who are sad and happy and everywhere in between.

Forgive. This is by far the hardest “easy” thing to do when it comes to being a better human. If you aren’t used to letting things to easily, it can be hard at first. But the more you practice forgiveness, the easier it will become. People hold grudges for so long - sometimes for months, years, decades, and even their entire lifetime. Releasing the toxic energy that accompanies grudges and refusal of forgiveness frees you to be happier. When you are happier, you are surely bound to be a better human being.

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