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24 Easy Things You Can Do to Be a Better Person

"When you know better, do better."  - Maya Angelou (Acclaimed poet, activist, filmmaker, actor and award-winning author

Most of us aspire to be better people. But as we all know, change doesn’t happen overnight and is best in small, consistent steps over time. It takes time and patience to experience real personal growth to being a better person.

Below are 24 simple, yet effective, ways to become a better person.

  1. First, commit yourself to becoming a better person; make it a priority and goal. Visualize what it feel like as you grow both personally and spiritually.
  2. Be kind to everyone; we rarely know what others are really going through. A kind gesture or even a simple smile can lift a heart and give someone reason to keep going. Remember when someone reached out to you during a tough time? Pay it forward.
  3. Really listen before you speak; don’t just listen to respond. Then take a moment to consider the potential impact of your words. We were given two ears and one mouth for a reason. It takes just a moment to hurt someone with careless words and sometimes a lifetime to heal the wounds from that thoughtless moment.
  4. Always, always love and care for people more than for things. Things come and go in our lives; but people’s hearts and trust are priceless and irreplaceable.
  5. Do a kind deed anonymously or for someone who cannot repay or return the favor.
  6. Affected by an accident on the road? Instead of getting annoyed at the delay, say a prayer for those involved.
  7. Surround yourself with others who are working at being better individuals too. It’s been said we are the sum of the five people we associate with the most. Make your five role models count!
  8. Every single day, ask yourself what you can do to make your spouse or significant other’s life better. If you don’t know, ask them. These are the things that lasting relationships are built on.
  9. Let someone go ahead of you … in the grocery line, on the highway or the drive-through.
  10. Buy the person behind you a cup of coffee or pay their toll.
  11. Show courage and stand up for someone; whether they are being bullied or verbally assaulted. Do the right thing even if it’s uncomfortable or you’re the only one.
  12. Be willing to keep an open mind; someone may have an opinion or viewpoint you haven’t considered before. Show them the respect you would expect and hear them out. Growth is achieved when you care more about learning than being right.
  13. Be the kind of friend you would want in your life. Take on those characteristics you appreciate in a good friend and put those qualities into practice in your everyday life.
  14. Call your Mom, Dad or siblings for no reason other than to connect and catch up.
  15. Deliberately step out of your comfort zone. Try something completely new each month and appreciate how your mind opens up and you begin to lose your fear of the unknown.
  16. Volunteer. Find a cause you feel passionate about and donate your time and energy to making a difference. Whether its animals, kids, seniors, the environment or something else, your support can make this world a better place.
  17. Live your life by the Golden Rule. Treat others as you would like people to treat you and you’ll bring more of the same back to you.
  18. Be courteous. Even in this world of OMGs and LOLs, remember to say “thank you” and “please” and “you’re welcome.” Good etiquette is always in style. Remember too, our children are always watching us and imitating our behavior. Be a good role model.
  19. Never stop being curious and learning.
  20. Pay a stranger a compliment and watch their face light up.
  21. Always encourage someone. There are more than enough naysayers in this world; be encouraging and supportive. Your “hand-up” may make all the difference in the world to that person at that very moment.
  22. You don’t always have to say something; it really is ok to be silent. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all (thanks Mom!). We don’t always understand people, their actions and their beliefs. But bad-mouthing or being vocally judgmental doesn’t make us right. Give them the benefit of the doubt and reserve your judgment.
  23. Forgive often; starting with you.
  24. Be grateful. When you practice an “attitude of gratitude,” your whole outlook on life shifts to a positive, happier place. That attitude not only affects your life, but everyone around you and inspires them to dream bigger, reach further, be better and inspire others.

Now, go do some good things in the world and become a better (and happier) person!

About the Author Corrie Ann

Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer at

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