What is the easiest way to get the things you want in life? The answer is by being nice to people. Appreciation is a little known trick that goes a very long way.

Allow me to give you an example. I have a dear friend who lives in New York, a city not well-known for being overtly giving. My friend, however, is an extremely nice person. Whenever he sees his coworkers, or the doorman at his building, he goes out of his way to pay them a compliment, to tell them they are doing a great job, or to bring them a cup of coffee. The rewards for his efforts are that he is usually the first person to get help from these people when he is in need. As he says, “I take care of my people.”

The little strides my friend makes everyday yield great dividends when he is in need. What’s more, the niceties that he provides are very easy to give, and by being nice, he has a much more pleasant day. That is right. Being nice and giving throughout the day does not only make other people want to help you when you need it, but it also makes your day much more enjoyable.

Nice living is pleasant living. It feels good to be nice because it stimulates the pleasure receptors of the brain. Being nice and sincerely appreciating people is a win-win situation. In addition, being nice inspires other people to be nice to the people in their lives. Because appreciation is infectious, you end up spreading more joy than you intended.

Appreciation is addictive, friends. It is also an effective way of getting what you want in life. There is evolutionary research now that suggest the most successful groups of people who survived were the ones who got along. Perhaps survival of the fittest was actually survival of the nicest and most cooperative.

Today I would like to encourage you to try giving someone a compliment for no good reason. See if makes your day a little brighter. I assure you, it will make someone else’s day very special. Moreover, when you need them to, they will remember your appreciation.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop

With love,



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