Treat Others Better to Treat Yourself Better

A few days ago I got home from a "vacation", it wasn't a real vacation. It was a "see the family" kind of thing. You know, hug everyone, eat food while you talk about things that have happened in your life, listen to them do the same.

Now, this isn't saying I don't enjoy doing this. BUT, it is a lot of work for me and my family as I had to travel across the country with a toddler (which is a pain but she handled it like a champ). Overall it was a good trip.

I spent a lot of time in airports and on airplanes during this trip. It was probably the worst part of it all.

I interacted with a lot of people, some less....savory....than others. Some were just rude, which I understand I wasn't the happiest person during these flights. Some were just mean, especially to children.

One lady was just being mean to, who I could only assume was, her child. Her boy was 3 years old, MAX, and was upset. She was talking down to her as if he could be reasoned with.

Things like "It over so get over it" or "Why are you crying? Stop it!". 

As if he could help it. He's 3! He can't even control his bladder effectively yet and you think he's going to be able to control his reactions to a stressful situation that some adults still can't handle?

Get real!

You're being mean to your child because you don't know how to react to a stressful situation with children. I understand.

But this is unacceptable. At no point in time is it okay to belittle such a young person because you don't know how to handle it otherwise.

I didn't intervene, mainly because there is nothing I could do to fix the problem that would actually make it better for the kid. All it would do is stress the mother out more and make it worse for the boy.

I still feel bad though. I can't imagine doing something like that to my daughter. 

This got me thinking. Would anyone ever actually deserve to be treated like this?

And how do things like treating others better affect ourselves?

I pondered on this for a short while and realized that in order to be treated better, treat others better.

It's pretty simple really. Are you nice to people who are nice to you? On the whole nice people are generally treated nicely. So...be nice?

I'm not saying that you should be a doormat, but you should when in doubt to defaulting to being nice. It isn't hard. 

Just don't be a dick.

You'll get rewarded by those who treat you nicely in return. Do favors for others when you can. It may be a burden in the short term, but long term it will pay huge dividends.