Cultivating a Kind Environment

Study after study shows that being involved in negative relationships creates a highly toxic environment for all the parties involved. In kindergarten we were told to do unto others as you would have do unto you, but in reality some people may never do nice things. Therefore, some environments may never cultivate “nice”. As part Read more about Cultivating a Kind Environment[…]

Listening, part 2

I know understand why dieters are told to log their food intake and alcoholics are asked to go to weekly meetings: if reality is staring you in the face, it is hard to question it. My entire niceness project has taught me how to be more aware of my physical and emotional level of niceness. Read more about Listening, part 2[…]

Listening is nice

This weekend my goal is to listen. In a hurried world, listening is often paired with multi-tasking but nice people listen and really hear what the other person has to say. My goal: focus on one person, one conversation at a time. When I named my blog Stop, Listen, Think, Act, my vision was to Read more about Listening is nice[…]

Do unto others.

Some elements of being nice are much easier than others. Consciously smiling, saying hi, and thanking others is easy. Not thinking negative thoughts about others and trying to treat others how I would want to be treated, well, hard. It is not that I am a mean person. In fact, many of my friends have Read more about Do unto others.[…]

Be nice: Day 4

Be grateful. Study after study shows that the more grateful you are of your blessings, the nicer you appear. I am so grateful for many people in my life, but I know I do not thank these people enough. Yesterday, I realized how good it feels to thank others. It makes me smile. Yesterday, on Read more about Be nice: Day 4[…]

Batting a .666 average on niceness.

I am Batting 2 for 3. While I did not make fun of anyone until 8pm last night, I did make the comments in my mind, so not making snide comments about people, family members, and friend, is apparently much easier said than done (and much, much harder than smiling all day!). I was proud Read more about Batting a .666 average on niceness.[…]


Only using 2 muscles to smile and a million to frown is a wives tale. The day started off great. I smiled as I woke up. I smiled in the shower. I gave my son his extra special hug with an extra big smile this morning. I smiled as we played Legos at 7:30am and Read more about Smile.[…]

Be nice.

When did we stop being nice? A week ago my three-year-old son and I were at a pool party and he immediately started playing with another boy his age. They jumped into the shallow end holding hands and played for nearly two hours, laughing and smiling the entire time. Earlier that day we were at Read more about Be nice.[…]