Being Nice Looks Good On You

Image: Amy Anenberg

Image: Amy Anenberg

Though I love getting a seat on the New York City subway during my commute to work, I am quick to offer my seat to the elderly, disabled or pregnant. When I offered my seat to an older woman on my subway ride this week, a fellow subway rider (and stranger) handed me a pre-printed card that read “being nice looks really good on you.” It made my day and was a great reminder of the power of being nice. I’ve read many articles that talk about the personal and professional benefits of being nice – increased trust, success, and happiness to name a few – and encourage us all to think about how we can spread “nice-ness” in our personal and professional lives.  Here’s a link to an article I read a while back on this topic that has stuck with me: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/06/it-pays-to-be-nice/396512/

And for those of you in New York City, you should be aware that I am now on “nice patrol.” The card I received asks me to pay it forward so I am now scouring the streets of New York looking to hand-off the “be nice” card to a fellow do-gooder!