Say Nice Things To People

Say nice things to people. That’s it. Just say nice things to people. If you think something positive about someone, say it out loud–to them. They can’t read your mind, so just tell them! Why wouldn’t you want to be the person who makes someone’s day? That’s a pretty great feeling–maybe even better than being on the receiving end of a good compliment. So just say it–even if you’re a bit envious of it–that’s ok. It’s human nature. If someone is good at something–even better than you at something–tell them, congratulate them. It will make you feel good. I promise. (Unless you’re really messed up, and then I can’t help you ;).

But seriously, I feel like so many times I’ve thought nice things about people to myself and haven’t put them into words, largely because I’m envious. It sounds trivial and childish–and it is–but it’s true. And I’m working on it.

Here’s a very superficial example. Anyone who knows me knows I have the worst hair in America–it’s ok, I’ve come to grips with it. Well, the first time I met Kelly Gavin (Rangers photographer extraordinaire) and her flowing locks in the Texas summer heat, I was flat out jealous. Here she was looking gorgeous in mid-July sporting her giant camera and flowing golden locks, and my tired-ass, fine, thin hair was stuck to my head. In the beginning I just wished for that head of hair, so maybe I wouldn’t get so many tweets or Facebook messages about how bad mine is (yes, that really happens), and then one day I decided to tell her how great I thought her hair was. She was genuinely flattered. And that made me happy. And I think I’ve told her that everyday I’ve seen her since then. And you know what? It makes me happy.

I will never have Kelly Gavin’s hair, and that’s ok. This isn’t really about hair. It’s just a story to communicate a point. There are always things you are going to want for in life that others have. The most important thing is to appreciate the value that others bring to the table–and more importantly–what you bring to the table.

So compliment others. And compliment yourself. We all deserve to hear nice things.


Here’s a pic of the hair situation I’m talking about. I’m stuck in the middle of these two. This pic is of my dad and my daughter sitting together. I’m the tie that binds them. And I love it, bad hair and all.

during Game 3 of the ALDS between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, October 11, 2015. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

And here’s Goldie Locks herself, Kelly Gavin πŸ™‚

And because I have OCD and feel the need to keep with my formula of how to make a killer blog (main subject + random thought + recipe), see below for the latter two.

Random thought. You’re in an airplane. 20,000 feet up. Traveling 400 mph. You jump and hang in the air for three seconds. Why don’t end up at the back of the plane???

Recipe. While you’re thinking about that, try out this gourmet recipe for turkey tacos (look out Martha Stewart πŸ˜‰


1 lb. ground turkey
1 jar of taco sauce
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 can of Rotel
1 can of black beans
1 package of quinoa in a bag (cooked)
Garlic salt
Corn & flour tortillas
Shredded cheese


Brown turkey. Mix in taco sauce, seasoning, Rotel, beans and cooked quinoa. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Top tacos with avocado and shredded cheese.

Grab a southwest salad in a bag, and you’re set.


5 thoughts on “Say Nice Things To People

  1. Jerome Ellard

    Great post! And loved the picture of your dad with your daughter. Some of my most precious photos are of my dad (passed away last year at 91 years old) with my granddaughters. He told my oldest, Raven, his first great-granddaughter (now 14): “You made me Great!” Irreplaceable.

  2. o0ort Ranger

    I don’t know how it all started for me but one day I realized that wishing the sales clerk to “have a nice day” made a difference & I’ve been conscious of saying nice things to people ever since. It’s the little things that can & do make a significant difference. Talking to customer service reps can often be frustrating so I got into the habit of asking their name at the start of any conversation. I found that this simple act of courtesy changed the dynamic to aid them in “wanting” to help me. Even when they aren’t sure how more often than not it becomes “let’s figure this out!”

    We all make mistakes, nobody is perfect & we’re all in this together: great tried-&-true clichΓ©s because they are fundamental. Each of us forgets from time to time so let’s all just agree to say nice things.


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