“Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
— Mark Twain
We’re taught the mantra from a young age — “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This one saying contains mountains of wisdom. If put into practice, it packs a serious wallop.
Most people don’t practice it, though. They brush it off. They act as if it’s a nice lesson for everyone to follow except them. The result of one man’s indifference is large scale apathy. It’s a domino effect.
It isn’t difficult to be kind and friendly to all. After a bit of practice, it starts to feel natural. You start to notice its powers. Here are 9 of them.
1. It’s admirable.
An honest man with integrity is respected by all. If you do the right thing, and do it consistently, people will take notice. Your reputation will improve.
2. What goes around, comes around.
Karma exists. If we engage in hurtful actions, we encounter suffering. On the other hand, doing good attracts more good things into our lives. Be patient and appreciate small rewards.
3. You feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Generosity and love fill us with joy. Smile at a homeless person, write a letter to an old friend, donate ten dollars to charity. When we bring light into the lives of others, we brighten our own life, as well.
4. Your positive energy is magnetic.
Human intuition is precise and senses the good or bad vibrations of any person or situation. People always gravitate to a caring heart and genuine personality.
5. You’re changing the world.
As Gandhi famously quoted, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” When we are good to others, we’re making our little sliver of the world better.
6. Kindness is contagious.
When you are a nice person, you inspire people around you to be a little nicer as well. Jealousy and hatred also spread easily. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
7. Your character is who you really are, when no one is looking.
At the end of the day, you fall sleep at night knowing how you’ve treated people. You value yourself and your life greatly when you live with integrity.
8. You will gain many long-lasting friends.
When we are honest, we never have to remember to cover our tracks. When we are slow to anger, we avoid pointless arguments. Friendships blossom when you treat your friends the way you’d like to be treated.
9. You cultivate compassion.
You begin by forcing yourself to show respect. Soon, you start to see everyone as another human being. Then, you notice others’ misfortune, and you hurt for them. You gain appreciation for your blessings, and you start to want to help others. With compassion, you soar.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
Can you imagine a world where the golden rule is the norm? What good deeds have you done lately?