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Interacting with strangers
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  Acknowledge good qualities. 
What is more honorable than being an unsung hero? Acknowledging the good deeds and qualities in others.

  Always look under public bathroom stalls before waiting in line. 
Be courteous and give a quick look under the bathroom stall doors to make sure that all stalls are occupied before you create a line.

  Be a friend. 
Want a friend? Be a friend.

  Be a mentor. 
Mentorship is a legacy of giving, it enriches individuals and society. Education is incomplete without the guidance and wisdom of one who is accomplished and successful.

  Be an online activist. 
The computer can be a powerful tool for affecting change. As a grass-roots building resource one can contact politicians, citizens and voters in a way that was impossible a few short years ago.

  Be friendly to strangers. 
We are a society of strangers; they are us and we are them. Being friendly to all whom we encounter brings enjoyment and dignity to our lives and our community.

  Be less judgemental of others. 
People come in all shapes, sizes and behaviors and none of us are perfect; we all have our disappointing moments. Accepting others for who they are allows us to feel more comfortable being who we are. Judge not lest ye be judged etc. etc.

  Be more honest. 
Our lives can be very complicated socially and professionally, not being truthful unnecessarily complicates it more and promotes unhappiness.

  Be more of a gentleperson. 
The dictates of proper social conduct are that we be courteous, gracious and honorable, including opening doors, pulling out chairs and walking on the traffic side of the sidewalk for others. This shows our respect and our disintersest in conflict.

  BE nice all the time 
you gotta be nice toi everone before you can even be considered nice

  Be quiet in the library. 

  Be tactful yet firm in uncomfortable situations. 
Be kind. But do not feel badly about protecting
yourself and the people you care about from dangerous situations
by asserting yourself, tactfully and firmly.

  Don't kill people. 
Don't kill people, you'll regret it later. Its bad for the soul, Karma and possibilities for future happiness.

  Don't pick fights. 
People may upset us, but that is no reason to become physically confrontational. Resorting to violence doesn't solve problems, it exasorbates them.

  Don't steal. 
Stealing may be an expedient way to aquire wealth or an object of desire, but it all comes back in the end and it will be you who is stolen from.

  Donate your long hair for wigs for chemotherapy patients. 
If you have long hair and plan on getting it cut, consider donating it to charity. There are organizations who will take your hair and creat realistic wigs for children and adults suffering through chemotherapy.


  Give spare change to panhandlers. 
Some are truely down on their luck or are having difficulty getting back on track, others are drunks, addicts or petty scam artists but no one should have to go hungry. Giving spare change can help them get food or whatever else they deem necessary.

  Have Compassion for Criminals  rejected
Criminals are human beings and are capable of change.

  Help push a stalled car. 
A person is having car trouble and is pushing their car to a safer area, or they need a "push-start", pull over and lend a hand.

  Listen more intently when others speak. 
Listening more intently to others allows them to more fully communicate, while you gain a better understanding of them and what they are saying.

  Massage others. 
Our lives are stressful and the human body becomes fatigued, giving someone a massage is a generous and caring gift.


  Respect Those With Whom You Disagree 
Everybody has a valid point of view. Respect those who disagree with you and try to understand their point of view.

  Return things you find. 
We all lose things from time to time, such as wallets, purses and keys, and we can empathize with others when it occurs to them. Often a lost item is invaluable to us, but worthless to others. A goodhuman seeks to return lost items.

  Say "hello" to your neighbors. 
When you see your neighbor our in the yard give a little wave, smile, and say "hello".

  Share your newspaper with others. 
Newspapers are disposable items that have a usable life of one day. Almost everybody is interested in one section or another so spread the news and share your paper. No need in buying 5 copies when 1 will do.

  Sing or whistle out loud. 
Singing and whistling lightens the spirits and spreads one's infectious joy. When one makes a "joyful noise", one creates positivity and optimism.

Smiling makes you feel good, uses fewer muscles than frowning, and is sure to brighten someones day.

  smile at a stranger 
smiling at someone you don't know yet spreads goooood vibes and smiles are contagious!!

  Speak up to litterbugs. 
Don't let the people around you carelessly throw garbage on the ground without saying something to them about it. It just may take a little public humiliation for them not to do it the next time. Litterbugs need to hear from you that LITTERING IS RUBBISH!

  Stop fights between others. 
Being a peace-maker, by stopping a violent struggle or encouraging resolution to an arguement between friends, may possibly be intrusive and even dangerous, but it positively affects social change immediately and it is very heroic.

  Tailgate less in traffic. 
Tailgating may be an attempt to send a message to another driver to move over or speed up, but it endangers others and is a sign of impatience.

  Tip service workers 20% or more. 
Service workers work tirelessly to please us, tipping well acknowledges this and benefits real people, not some faceless corporation.

  Tip street performers. 
Street performers of any type, talented or not, enrich our culture and should be rewarded for their gift to us.

  Treat all persons equally. 
Unfair treatment on the basis of gender, race, age, religion etc. limits social, cultural and economic exchange, and is counterproductive in an open society and free-market.

You can volunteer your time to pick up trash on the highways or in a park, write letters to congressmen, or teach children about nature. Explore all the ways to get involved, and pick something that excites you.

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