Each year on June 1, we celebrate by saying something nice to others. Did your mother tell you, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?” Today is the day to practice that. According to what I found on the Web, this holiday originated in Charleston, South Carolina from the South Baptist Convention and the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and was proclaimed by Mayor Keith Summey in 2006. According to some, the originators of the holiday were inspired by Mitchell Carnell’s book, Say Something Nice – Be a Lifter @ Work. The aim of this special day is to fight against unkindness, bullying, and the lack of politeness, with the hope that the attitude will expand to many more days in the year.
We all know that there are times to speak truth to power, which often involves not being nice at all, but most of us can use the reminder to be kind to others. So be aware today especially of those you meet and deal with, whether they are coworkers, the checker at the lunch counter, the gas station attendant, the janitor who cleans the building, your teachers, your students, your parents, your children, your spouse. For those of us on social media, it can also be a challenge to post nothing negative today – including replying to that annoying relative who posts the hateful comments, or that politician who spouts rhetoric that is obviously a bunch of baloney.
In the spirit of the day, all you who read these posts, and especially you who take the time to respond, I appreciate you!
Quotes about being nice
Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy but being kind, in my opinion, is important.–Dwayne Johnson
It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.–Mike Davidson
No person in the world ever lost anything by being nice to me.–Lillie Langtry
Being nice to someone you have an issue with doesn’t mean you are fake … it means someone taught you how to be polite.–Author Unknown
Being nice to people you don’t like isn’t called two-faced … it’s called growing up.–Bernajoy Vaal
Do not take me for granted, being nice is not a matter of weakness, it is a matter of choice.–Abhishek Tiwari
Be nice to everyone, always smile and appreciate things because it could all be gone tomorrow.–Ed Sheeran
Be nice. And if you can’t do that, just don’t be mean.–Richelle E. Goodrich
Be nice to the environment. Be nice to animals. Be nice to people. If you do that, you will leave a mark on the world.–Enock Maregesi
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.–Phyllis Diller
Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.–Wilson Mizner
Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.–Bill Gates
Being nice doesn’t necessarily mean you’re weak. You can be nice and be strong at the same time. That’s a character trait that we need more in Washington.–Shelley Moore Capito
We’re [women] always bending over backwards being extra nice. And I don’t know if being nice is my legacy.–Kathleen Hanna
I tell my kids… you’re not going to be the tallest, fastest, prettiest, the best track runner, but you can be the nicest human being that someone has ever met in their life. And I just want to leave that legacy that being nice is a true treasure.–George Foreman
For one thing, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being nice. There is nothing uncool about it; there’s nothing wrong with being kind.–Jack McBrayer
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