10 Tips on how to be a better person
Even when life is treating you well and everything is looking rosy, most of us, if we are honest, could do some things to make us a better person. Whether it’s improving your skills or knowledge, or becoming a more compassionate and caring person, there’s always some room for improvement. Growing as a person makes life more fulfilling and a lot more interesting too, so read these ten little things that you could do to make you a better person.
1. Judge people less
This is something that we would probably all do better at. Who hasn’t judged a person a bit unfairly, based on their lifestyle choices or their behaviour. It’s so easy to look at a homeless person, for example, and assume that the situation that they are in is of their own making. The truth is, we can never know what another person has been through and we really shouldn’t be judgmental of anyone.
2. Respect other people’s point of view
Most people go on the defensive when someone disagrees with them and they find it hard to back down and accept a different point of view. It’s an approach that can often lead to arguments and upsets. It would be far better if people just accepted that other people won’t always agree with them and may even hold completely the opposite point of view. Accepting that everyone has a right to their own opinion, and accepting that they could actually be right, is a good step towards become a more likeable and understanding person.
3. Control your temper
While anger is perfectly natural in some circumstances, if you lose your temper too often, you are likely to lose a lot of friends as well. Anger also makes us make rash decisions and it can be bad for your health as well. Learn how to keep anger under control and you will be a nicer person to know and you will have a much easier life.
4. Read more books
Reading more books will provide you with more knowledge and make you a better person. There is so much to be learned from books and we are not just talking about hard, boring facts. You could learn more about what makes people tick and what other people go through in their lives. The knowledge you gain from reading will also help you join in conversations more often and it will broaden your vocabulary.
5. Mind your manners
Don’t let other rude people make you be rude in return. It really takes no effort at all to say please and thank you and to hold doors for other people, and a little bit politeness goes a long way. Even when you are running late or are worried about something, spare a few seconds to be nice and, nine times out of ten, you will be rewarded with a smile.
6. Spend more time getting close to nature
Getting out in the countryside and getting close to nature makes you appreciate this world we live in a whole lot more, and it’s good for your health. Numerous studies have shown that, when people who spend time away from the hustle and bustle of the city, experience less stress and they are in a far better mood. Even a daily walk in your local park would make you a calmer, more relaxed person.
7. Take up a hobby
Work, work, and more work, might put more money in your bank account, but we will need a way to wind down and a hobby will be a great way to do that. Find a hobby that is completely different to what you do for a living. It could be pottery, painting, gardening, or playing a musical instrument. A hobby will give you another interest in life and you will learn new skills.
8. Stop making excuses
Hold up your hands and admit your mistakes, instead of blaming other people or making excuses; it will make you a better person and it will make you a lot happier. If you are a person who never likes to admit when they are wrong, when you start to accept your own shortcomings and failures, you’ll be surprised at how much of a weight will be lifted from your shoulders. After all, no one can be perfect. So why try to be?
9. Don’t hold onto grudges
Forgive and forget is a motto that will go a long way towards making you a better person. If you hold on to grudges they will simmer and fester inside of you and make you a bitter person. If someone has wronged you, let it go and forget about it, or it will be you who will feel worse in the long run.
10. Get to know more people
Step outside of your comfort zone and make an effort to talk to people that you don’t usually talk to. When you get to know people that have very different backgrounds from yourself and live entirely different lifestyles, you will be amazed at how fascinating it can be. It might also challenge a few of your own preconceived ideas about people and that could well make you a better person.