Being nice is often easier said than done. Getting through the day can be hard enough without having to go out of your way to smile at strangers and say “please” and “thank you.” Why do it? Do so because being nice makes people feel good and paves the way for good relationships! If that’s not enough, consider that it also helps you get what you want. People will be more inclined to help you if you’re nice to them.

Smiling at people lets them know that you are pleasant. Look the person in the eye and give them a small smile or a wide grin – it doesn’t matter which. This sets the mood of the encounter and usually encourages the other person to smile back. This also helps the person feel comfortable around you. If they do not smile back at you, then maybe they are just having a bad day. That’s okay; being nice doesn’t guarantee a positive response, but it usually helps