Ed Lapiz - BE A NICER PERSON
How to Become a Nicer Person to Others
Having close family and friends who can act as your support system is proven to make you healthier and happier.However, it's not always so easy to keep friends or family around, especially if you're mean or constantly have a negative attitude towards them. Luckily, it doesn't have to be this way forever. If you practice kindness daily and work to control your anger, you can become a nicer person and strengthen meaningful relationships with others.
Controlling Your Anger
Use a relaxation techniques to calm yourself.As soon as you start to notice that you are feeling angry, take a moment to calm yourself. One good way to do this is by using a relaxation technique.Some options include:
Challenge unrealistic statements or thoughts.Unrealistic thought patterns can intensify feelings of anger, so try to identify and challenge these as they occur.
- For example, an unrealistic thought might be something like, “My roommate never does anything to help keep our apartment clean! I do everything!”
- Before you allow yourself to get angrier due to this thought, take a moment to decide if this is really true. Does your roommate do different things than you do to keep the apartment clean? If so, then the word “never” in this statement is not realistic.
- Try rewriting the thought or statement into something more realistic, such as “I wish my roommate would pitch in a little more than she does with household chores.”
Improve your problem solving skills.Having good problem solving skills can also help to reduce feelings of anger and frustration. It may help you to feel more in control, even if you are dealing with something really frustrating. This is a skill that takes time to develop, so try to be patient.
- When you are facing a problem, try taking time to identify the problem before you try to solve it. Then, make a list of all the possible solutions available to you and choose the best one. After putting your solution into action, reflect on how it went and see how you can adjust your strategy for a better result in the future.
Don't let frustration or anger build up.When you don't say anything, and you're frustrated, bottling up your anger is not the best thing to do. Instead of letting frustration build to rage, speak up and confront the source of your frustration. Don't be afraid of making a situation awkward, because talking it out is better than being mean in the future.
- If you've felt disrespected or hurt by someone, you may want to inflict the same emotional pain upon them. Instead of doing this, let them know that they hurt your feelings and that you felt disrespected by their actions.
- Instead of letting your anger build, let the person know what they did wrong. Say something like "I don't like that you did that. It really makes me angry and upset."
Channel your energy into something positive.Instead of using your energy to be mean to others, redirect it to a sport or hobby that you want to pursue. Make sure to stay active. When you exercise or do something active, it releases positive endorphins in your brain that make you happier.
- You can do a team sport like football, baseball, soccer, or hockey.
- If you don't like physical sports, try doing something creative like learning how to play an instrument or learning how to paint.
Walk away when you start to get angry.Identify when your anger starts to escalate and be aware of how mad you are. When you feel like you're reaching that place, take a step back from the argument and walk away.Be polite and explain why you're walking away. Don't leave the situation up in the air forever. Regain your composure and talk to the person again when your anger has subsided.
- You can say, "I need to take a walk because I'm getting really angry and I'm trying to stay calm. I need some time to think about this, but we can talk when I get back."
Being Kind to Others
Practice being more compassionate.Make it a point to be kinder to others, and try to see things from their perspective. Instead of making comments that would hurt someone's feelings, think of ways to make their day better. If you have the time, go out of your way to do small things for others, and they will come to appreciate you more.
- For instance, instead of making fun of someone to make yourself feel better, give them a compliment and make their day better.
- Practicing compassion can make you a healthier and happier person.
- You can also buy a friend a small gift like candy or a book to show your appreciation for them.
Develop your communication skills.Being able to listen well and communicate in a constructive, assertive way may also help you to feel in control of your anger and be kind to others.Communicating your feelings and emotions will help other people understand your frame of mind and relieve a lot of stress. Often arguments or disagreements can arise because of a lack of communication and a lack of understanding when it comes to people's motivations. Try to be more truthful in conversation, even if it makes the situation less than perfect, or you think that the person may not like you for it. Do not skirt around issues that make you feel uncomfortable.
- Put away distractions and give the person your full attention. As you listen, try to suspend judgment. Just try to understand what the person is saying and where they are coming from.
- When you express yourself, use “I” statements instead of “you” statements. Try saying things like, “I feel frustrated when you forget to pick up your dishes.” Don’t say things like, “You never clean up after yourself!”
- Communicating effectively also means sometimes being vulnerable and talking about things that could be embarrassing.
- For example, if a friend does something you don't approve of, instead of yelling and saying things that you'll regret, say something like, "When you made that joke, and everyone laughed, it made me feel sad. I was humiliated, and even though you didn't think it was a big deal, it really hurt my feelings."
Be more patient.People can't read your mind and for some, learning new things may take longer for them than it takes for others. Instead of escalating to anger immediately, be more patient with people. Think back to when you were doing something for the first time or when you needed help. Realize that not everyone's perfect. If someone is doing something that annoys you, instead of letting it go until you're angry, confront the person and have a conversation.
- If your roommate is tapping their pencil and it's stopping you from doing your work, say something like "Hey, I know this seems crazy, but I really can't get this paper done while you’re tapping that pencil. Do you mind stopping while I do my work?"
Don't be cynical.Being cynical all the time can put you in a bad mood and make you more irritable. Typically cynicism is a defense mechanism that you're likely to employ when you are disappointed or feel let down. Instead of expressing your emotions in a healthy and constructive way, you bottle them up and minimize the impact of your feelings to other people and yourself.This can spiral into having a negative view of the world, and it can put you in a constant state of anger.
- Don't put down other people's work or effort. Admire someone when they excel at something instead of dismissing it or minimizing it.
- Try to reduce the amount of judgment you put on others. If you don't understand a subculture or demographic of people, look to immerse yourself in their world instead of senselessly hating it.
Practice empathy.Empathy involves understanding and internalizing the feelings and emotions of another person. Try to put yourself in the person's shoes, and talk to people without passing judgment on them first. When someone is experiencing pain, relate to their emotions instead of dismissing them. Engage in active listening instead of waiting for the other person to stop talking. Internalize what they are saying, and try to feel the emotions that they feel. This can give you a better understanding of their perspective and actions.
- To improve your active listening, concentrate on paying attention to what the person is saying, provide feedback to show that you're listening, and defer any judgment you may have. Instead of criticizing them, try supporting the person.
- Think back to a time when you were under similar circumstances and try to reflect on how badly it felt.
Stop being defensive.Don't put walls up and don't be suspicious of everyone you meet. This hurts your interactions with others. If you've done something wrong, take personal responsibility for your actions and don't blame other people for things you've done. Be open to making new friends and improving existing friendships.
- If someone makes a valid suggestion, instead of getting angry at them for pointing out a weakness, say "You're right. I need to work on it, and I am, but it's a process."
- Instead of automatically taking comments in a negative light, ask the person "What do you mean by that?" Once they explain, it may not be as harmful as you initially thought.
Doing Selfless Acts
Help people when you see them in need.Instead of turning away or thinking that it's someone else's responsibility, do your best to help people that are in need. Think of easy things that you can do during your day to help people that can't help themselves. You could help a younger family member set up their computer or help an elderly person with their groceries.
- The more you help others on your accord, the happier you'll be.
Be there for your friends when they need someone to talk to.Friendship is a critical aspect in your happiness. Having a support system to talk to when times are bad gives us a sense of belonging. Having friends will lower your blood pressure and you'll be less prone to depression.However, friendship is built on communication and vulnerability. If you're mean or judgemental, friends will not want to come to you, and will not be as supportive when you need them.
- Stay attentive and listen.
- Sometimes friends don't want advice, just someone to talk to.
- If you've talked to your friend about a serious issue, it'll be easier to talk to them about serious problems in your life.
Work on improving your community.If you have the time, consider volunteering at a local community center, homeless shelter, or soup kitchen near you. Look into other projects locally, like efforts to that plant trees or work to beautify your town. The more you get to know other people who are working for a positive future, the more fulfilled you'll feel, and less prone to angry outbursts.
- Volunteering with a group of people will also give you a sense of belonging to a community which will increase your happiness and make you less angry. Having a support system when times are hard can help us cope with daily stress.
Do more things around the house.If you're younger, this means doing your chores without being asked and genuinely trying to help when you see that your family is overwhelmed. If you are a parent or in a relationship, do something for your partner like fixing something that's been broken, or making dinner for them. Find extra things to do around the house to alleviate your partner's stress.
- Communicate with your family and ask them if there's anything else that needs to be done around the house.
- A clean and organized house can actually boost your energy and make you happier.
QuestionHow do I make people happy with who I am?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMake sure that 'who you are' is a comfortable personality and feels true to yourself before trying to get others to accept it. A simple conversation, "this is who I am" is fine as long as the people really care about you and know you well. If it's too much of a problem for people but you feel like you don't want to change for them, you don't need to be friends with people who make you feel bad for being yourself.Thanks!
QuestionI am not mean to people I don't know, just my friends. I make unkind comments to them and it doesn't really bother them but I don't want to be that type of person. How can I be nicer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou're being defensive by being offensive -- let your shield down. Start out by thinking before you make a comment to them. Think about how you'd feel if it was said to you or just ask yourself if what you're about to say is rude or not. If it is, try to turn it positive or say nothing at all. Sometimes comments are not needed. Soon you won't even have to think about comments you make, positive ones will just become a habit. It's all about breaking your habit of making unkind comments and creating a new, positive habit!Thanks!
QuestionHow can I make sure I change?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThink about the bigger picture, what will life be like if you don't change. Every action has a consequence. Make sure every action you take leads to a good consequence, to be a positive.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I stop being so sarcastic and defensive?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI've had to learn this myself. Try to turn those sarcastic remarks into something funny that will make everyone laugh. If your comments hurt someone, go up to them and apologize. As for being defensive, try to relax, breathe deeply, and just play it cool. If someone insults you, just ignore them and walk away.Thanks!
QuestionWhen trying to become a nicer person, how do I deal with other people taking advantage of that fact?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo matter what they do, don't be rude, just walk away in a polite way. Even smile to them, they will be confused with why they can't break your goal and give up. Also, learn to expect that most people won't take advantage of you -- this is you being preemptively defensive against the whole world, which can stop you from leading a full and interesting life.Thanks!
QuestionI've been doing this for so long that pretty much everyone who isn't a close friend hates me. How do I get people to like me again?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou need to regain their trust by working on yourself and staying dedicated to being a nicer person. You may have hurt some people so badly that they will never want to talk to again, but that doesn't mean you can't work on your relationships in the future.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make sure that I'm not talking in a mean tone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry practicing with someone your comfortable with and then ask them to give their comment on how you sound. Keep trying until the other person considers that your tone is kinder.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I do this all day?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry practicing over a weekend or summer. If you keep it in the back of your mind the entire day, your brain will catch on eventually.Thanks!
QuestionI'm only mean to my friends. It doesn't seem to bother them, but it's becoming a common thing. How do I stop making mean comments?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThink about what you're saying and how it might affect others, or how your words would feel if someone said them about you. Practice saying nicer things to your friends (compliments, congratulations, etc.), and try to avoid using sarcasm in your conversations.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I be nice to someone who is trying to bully me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThink about what situation they might be in. Something bad might be happening to them, and they might just be really mad. Just try to be nice. If this person has been bullying you for a while, then tell an adult. Don't be afraid to do that.Thanks!
What if I don't want to? What if I enjoy being rude or mean instead? I do enjoy being rude.
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