I came across this article the other day. It was laminated and the paper was a discolored yellow. My mother had given it to me many years ago. She was, and still is, good at clipping out little articles and tidbits of information. Sometimes her motive was to help me with struggles I might be having at the time and sometimes they were just little pieces of information regarding every day life. I love her for it and have kept so many of these little pieces of paper she has given me through the years.
This one I felt particularly drawn to post. If you can achieve these in any consistency throughout your life, you are doing very well and can consider yourself an extremely decent human being.
Ten Commandments of Human Relations
1. Speak to people. There is nothing so nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
2. Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.
3. Call people by name. The sweetest music to anyone's ears is the sound of his/her own name. (had to add the "her" as this article was probably from back in the 70s when the press wasn't so eager to make a statement, coed)
4. Be friendly and helpful. If you want friends, you must be one.
5. Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is a joy to you.
6. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost everybody if you try.
7. Be generous with praise and cautious with criticism.
8. Be considerate with the feelings of others. There are usually three-sides to a controversy: yours, the other fellow's and the right side.
9. Be eager to lend a helping hand. Often it is appreciated more than you know. What counts most in life is what we do for others.
10. Add to this a good sense of humor, a huge dose of patience and a dash of humility. This combination will open many doors, and the rewards will be enormous.