Resolving to grow as a person, embrace new experiences and take others’ needs into consideration is an admirable goal. Attempting to be the best version of yourself can place you on a path to a rich and fulfilling life.
Becoming a better person does not take vast riches or even substantial change. Easy, daily practices can transform individuals lives’ and the lives of those around them for the better. And when one person performs a good deed, there’s a greater chance that others who have witnessed that deed will be inspired to do good as well. As a new year dawns, men and women can take the following steps to become better people.
• Become a better listener. People are born with two ears and one mouth, but why? Perhaps it’s because it’s often better for you to listen more than you speak. Give others the benefit of being heard more often, and you may foster deeper relationships and learn a few things in the process.
• Treat everyone with respect. The golden rule is to treat others how you want to be treated. Think before you speak and recognize others for their achievements. A kind word of encouragement can go a long way.
• Stop blaming others. It can sometimes be easier to point out faults rather than strengths in others, especially if you are lacking in a particular area. Own up to your own mistakes and do not blame others for any lack of success you experience.
• Smile more. People today spend much of their time with their heads down reading phones and tablets. Conversations have become stilted, and there may be fewer opportunities to engage new people in meaningful conversations. Looking up and smiling at others — even complete strangers — can brighten someone else’s day and may just lay the foundation for new friendships.
• Do for others when you can. Think about how you can help others in your daily life. Would a friend appreciate your picking up his or her kids from school? Can you grab a few essentials from the store for an elderly neighbor? What if you helped a stranger find his destination after getting lost? Simple gestures can have a substantial impact.
• Shop locally as much as possible.