Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Importance of Being Nice

There's one saying that I've always believed in and that is:

'It's nice to be important but it's important to be nice.' 

The word nice has always had a bad rap. It seems to be associated with being bland, boring and weak but since when was being a good person a bad thing?

I've had to explain to several people that just because someone is nice, it doesn't make them weak. I'm motivated, ambitious and confident but I can be friendly with it too. I don't have to rely on bringing others down to make myself feel better and I'd rather talk about whimsical things all day and night than pry into the lives of others or talk about someone.

Channel 5 broadcast a programme about bullying last night which featured Jodie Marsh. I didn't watch it but I did see the discussions on twitter and it got me thinking about how I was treated at school. It wasn't a particularly nice time and it's not something I need to go into on a blog. I hate super personal blog writing. Cringe. Anyway, as annoying as Jodie Marsh is, she still suffered badly at the hands of bullies and it's something that no one should have to go through.

I try to live by the rule that I shouldn't say something about someone if I couldn't say it to their face. Obviously I'm not an angel and everyone inevitably has a good complain sometimes but I think there's a big difference between that and being deliberately nasty. I hope that people stop seeing friendliness and honesty as a negative and begin to value it a little bit more. I'm also going to try and be a little more positive about everything because I can complain with the best of them!


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