When it comes to the way people should treat each other, Jesus summed it up perfectly. According to Luke 6:31, "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Or, in other words, treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Luckily, though, you don't have to be a religious icon to live by the Golden Rule every single day of your life. By following these 5 tips, you can make it easy to treat people the right way!
1. Start with your daily commute.
When you cut people off or give them the "one-finger salute", you're setting the tone for your entire day. By the time you get to the office, you're stressed out, angry, and ready to take your frustration out on whichever poor soul happens to walk by.
Instead, turn on a good morning radio show, enjoy a cup of coffee, leave a few minutes earlier if you have to, and focus on making your morning drive more relaxing - and a lot less selfish. You'll be surprised at how much better you act and feel for the rest of the day!
It's a simple act, but it goes a long way. In fact, studies show that smiling can actually boost your mood. And the better you feel, the better you're going to treat the people around you. It's a win-win!
We're all great at talking, but how many of us are great at listening? When you listen, you learn all about what other people need and want. That makes it a great way to do right by the people around you!
4. Take a minute to walk in other people's shoes.
Before you get angry, fire off a sarcastic one-liner, or laugh in someone's face, take a minute to walk in their shoes and see life from their perspective. You may discover just how traumatic that "harmless" comment really is or how hurtful that "joke" can be.
As an added benefit, by taking even just a little bit of time to view the world from someone else's point of view, you may come up with a way to help them. It doesn't have to be anything major, but even the smallest pat on the back can help someone who really needs it.
5. Pay attention to how you feel.
As important as it is to keep other people's feelings in mind, your own feelings are just as important. The next time you're the subject of gossip or the victim of something equally below the belt, remember that awful feeling - and promise yourself that you're not going to make someone else feel that bad!
Tony Mase is a serious student of the works of Wallace D. Wattles and the publisher of "The Social Ideal of Christ" by Wallace D. Wattles that reveals the shocking truth about salvation in simple, easy-to-understand language. Grab your free copy now at: http://www.thesocialidealofchrist.com
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