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The power of nice

By Marty Nemko

I struggle with figuring out the meaning of life. US News You Can Use: Most of me thinks the meaningful life is using your best skills in a way that makes the world better. But it may also be a matter of being nice as often as possible. Look for opportunities to brighten the day of every person you encounter, even if it’s just to flick a piece of lint off their jacket. If a coworker is less capable than you, repress your impatience and offer to help. If you’re a boss, be generous with deserved praise. Many people crave praise more than money—feeling worthy is a primal need. If you have hired someone, don’t ignore the unsuccessful applicants. Afford them the dignity of a kind rejection letter, if at all possible, a personal one mentioning their strengths.

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