Mark Twain once said:
“I can live for two months on one good compliment”
In a previous blog, I wrote about how I felt that a large part of the problems with the world today is that we have forgotten how to get along with each other. We’ve forgotten the art of forgiveness, acceptance, tolerance, and love. The good news is, the effects of all of those are strong today as they have ever been.
How many times do you hear someone say, “that restores my faith in humanity” after they’ve seen someone do something nice for someone else…help out someone in need…simply put – just being a decent human being.
It’s not hard to do. Sure, it takes work at first, but one of the exciting things about being good to people is that eventually it becomes a habit!
One of my favorite people in the world is Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California. He just completed an entire sermon series on “How to Keep Your Heart Happy” – which can be seen here – and in the series he says something that has really resonated with me. The key to our own happiness can be found in our service to others.
This applies to every aspect of our lives. Your family life, personal life, professional life, spiritual life, you name it.
In his book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” Dale Carnegie summed it up with in six easy steps:
1.Be genuinely interested in the other person.
3. Remember that a person’s name, to that person, is the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
6. Make the other person feel important.
Zig Ziglar said it best: “You can have everything you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
In other words: Be good to people, and life will in turn be good to you.