Nicely Nicely Thank You

by Jim Gustafson - Date: 2007-04-02 - Word Count: 253 Share This!

In Guys and Dolls, there is a character named Nicely Nicely Johnson. Perhaps most memorably portrayed by Stubby Kaye, Nicely Nicely earned his name by always responding to "how are you?" with "nicely nicely thank you."

I am concerned that nice people will soon be placed on the endangered species list. Certainly, I know nice people, but when I watch people's behavior, I can't help but recall humorist Dave Barry's insight, "A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person." I think we could all use a little more nicely nicely.

The behavioral qualities associated with being nice are not difficult to employ. They may come naturally to some, but for me, it can take a little conscious effort. I have attempted to define those qualities in a "N-I-C-E" way. Perhaps if they are more easily remember, they will be more likely employed.

To be NICE involves:

N - Be Non-judgmental Most of the time, conflict and stress is the result judgment. Being non-judgmental makes life much easier.

I - Be Interested People's lives are truly fascinating. Show a bit of interest and most will share wonderful stories.

C - Be Complimentary Chris Rock said, "There are only three things women need in life: food, water and compliments." It's true for men, too. People are hungry for sincere compliments.

E - Everybody Nice means being nice to everyone, even those who make it difficult.

Today is a great day to choose to be Non-judgmental, Interested, and Complimentary to Everybody. That will do quite nicely nicely thank you.

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Jim Gustafson is author of Take Fun Seriously -- Little Thoughts and Big Ideas for Living Laughing and Loving. He was ordained in the United Methodist Church and has served as a local church pastor, pastoral counselor and consultant. He has more than 25 years in sales and marketing management.

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