11 things genuinely nice people do every day (without even realizing it)

You know those people who always seem to be in a good mood, who always have a kind word to say, who just… radiate niceness?

Yep, we all know at least one of them and wonder what their secret is.

Well, guess what? It’s not some big secret. It’s really about the small things they do every single day – and they might not even realize they’re doing them. 

Let’s dive into these 11 things that genuinely nice people do daily. You might just find something you can start doing today!

1. Smiling

You know those people who always have a smile on their face, no matter what? That’s our genuinely nice folks for you!

They share their smiles generously, and it’s not just a polite curve of the lips. Their smiles reach their eyes, lighting up their entire face.

It’s infectious, warming the hearts of those around them and brightening up even the dullest moments.

But they’re not doing it consciously or for any particular reason. They’re just being themselves, spreading positivity through their grins without even realizing it.

So next time you come across one of these radiant smiles, let it remind you that sometimes, all it takes to make someone’s day better is a genuine smile.

2. Listening

You ever have one of those conversations where you could tell the other person was genuinely invested in what you were saying?

That’s what nice people do – they listen. Really listen. Not the kind of listening where they’re just waiting for their turn to speak, or nodding along while their mind is miles away. Nope. They’re fully present in the moment, soaking up every word you’re saying.

They make you feel heard and understood. They ask follow-up questions, show concern, or simply nod in the right places.

And why do they do it? Because they genuinely care.

They realize that everyone has a story to tell, and they’re more than willing to be all ears for yours.

3. Complimenting

I’ll never forget the day when I met one of these genuinely nice people. We were at a community event, and she was a complete stranger to me.

Yet, she noticed my new haircut and complimented me on it. She said it suited me and that I looked great. It wasn’t a big thing, but her words made my day.

This is what nice people do – they notice the little things about others and aren’t hesitant to give compliments.

They appreciate the effort you put into your work or the thought you put into your outfit.

They admire your strength, your courage, your kindness. And they’re not shy about letting you know.

They don’t do it to flatter or get something in return. They do it because they genuinely see the good in others and believe in spreading positivity through their words.

4. Showing Empathy

They don’t just sympathize, they empathize. They put themselves in your shoes and feel what you’re feeling, whether it’s joy, sorrow, frustration or excitement. They share in your victories and help you through your struggles.

But the amazing thing is, they do it so naturally that they often don’t even realize they’re doing it.

It’s just who they are – people who care deeply about others, people who feel with you rather than just for you.

So if you find yourself in the company of such a person, cherish them. Their ability to empathize is a gift that makes them extraordinary.

And remember – empathy is contagious. The more we practice it, the more we inspire others to do the same. Now wouldn’t that make for a kinder world?

5. Helping Out

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re struggling with something, and out of nowhere, someone steps in to lend a hand?

It’s like a ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds. It’s a moment that warms your heart and restores your faith in humanity. That’s the kind of magic nice people create every day.

They’re the ones who help an elderly person cross the street, or offer to carry your groceries when they see you struggling.

They’re the ones who step up when you’re overwhelmed with work, offering their assistance without expecting anything in return.

But here’s the beautiful part – they don’t think it’s a big deal. To them, it’s just being human. They don’t even realize that their small act of kindness has the power to turn someone’s day around.

6. Expressing Gratitude

I remember a time when I was having lunch with a friend who has this incredible knack for making everyone around her feel special.

As we were eating, she thanked the waiter for bringing our food, complimented the chef on the delicious meal, and appreciated the clean and cozy atmosphere of the place.

This is what nice people do – they express gratitude for everything, big and small. They say ‘thank you’ for the things most people take for granted. They appreciate the effort it takes to do a job well, and they don’t hesitate to let people know.

They don’t do it for show or to make themselves look good. They do it because they are genuinely grateful. 

It’s amazing how these two words – ‘thank you’ – can have such a big impact on someone’s day.

So why not try saying them more often? Express your gratitude to the people around you, and see how it brightens both their day and yours.

7. Practicing Patience

We live in a world where everyone is in a hurry. We’re always rushing – to work, to meetings, to catch the bus. It’s like we’re constantly racing against time.

And in this rush, patience is often the first thing we lose.

But genuinely nice people don’t rush. They understand that good things take time. They don’t get frustrated when things don’t go as planned or when people don’t meet their expectations. Instead, they show patience.

They’re patient with the barista who’s taking a little longer to make their coffee. They’re patient with the coworker who’s still learning the ropes.

They’re even patient with themselves when they make mistakes.

They don’t do it because it’s easy. Being patient is hard, especially when everything around you is moving at lightning speed. But they do it anyway because they know it makes a difference.

8. Sharing Freely

Did you know that according to several studies, giving or sharing with others can actually make us happier?

It’s called the ‘helper’s high’ – a sense of satisfaction and happiness that comes from helping or sharing with others.

And guess who experiences this on a daily basis? Yep, you got it – genuinely nice people!

They share their time, resources, and knowledge without a second thought. They don’t do it for personal gain or recognition.

In fact, they often do it without even realizing they’re doing it. To them, sharing comes as naturally as breathing.

Whether it’s lending a book, offering a lift, or simply sharing a meal, these acts of generosity come naturally to them. They understand the joy of giving and the impact it can have on someone’s day.

So why not give it a try? The next time you have an opportunity to share something – whether it’s your time, your knowledge, or even a smile – go for it! You might be surprised at the joy it brings not just to others, but to you as well. 

9. Forgiving Easily

I remember when I made a big mistake at work. I was terrified of facing my boss, expecting harsh words and criticism.

Instead, he surprised me with forgiveness. He said everyone makes mistakes and that it’s a part of learning and growing. I can’t express how much lighter I felt after that conversation.

This is what genuinely nice people do – they forgive easily.

They understand that everyone, including themselves, is bound to mess up every now and then.

Instead of holding grudges or keeping score, they choose to let go and forgive.

But here’s the heartwarming part – they do it so naturally, they often don’t realize they’re doing it. They see the best in people, giving them the benefit of the doubt.

10. Avoiding Gossip

Gossip can be tempting. It gives us a sense of belonging, a feeling of being ‘in the know’.

But here’s the hard truth – gossip hurts. It damages relationships, breaks trust and spreads negativity.

That’s why genuinely nice people steer clear of it. They don’t indulge in idle chatter or spread rumors. They respect people too much to talk about them behind their backs.

Is it easy? Heck no! It’s easy to get swept up in the gossip mill, to nod along when someone spills the latest scoop.

But nice people choose the tougher path because they understand the harm that gossip can do.

11. Spreading Positivity

Life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. We all have our share of bad days, disappointments and failures. But here’s what sets nice people apart – they don’t let negativity bring them down.

Instead, they spread positivity like confetti. They share words of encouragement, offer a listening ear or simply flash a warm smile.

Their positivity is like a beacon of light in a stormy sea – offering hope and comfort to those around them.

And the beautiful part? They don’t even realize they’re doing it. To them, spreading positivity is as natural as breathing.

Remember, being nice isn’t about grand gestures or heroic deeds. It’s about small acts of kindness done consistently.

And who knows? Maybe by embracing some of these habits, you too can become one of those genuinely nice people that everyone loves to be around!

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Tina Fey

I've ridden the rails, gone off track and lost my train of thought. I'm writing for Ideapod to try and find it again. Hope you enjoy the journey with me.

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