This is Seven Quick Takes, but it's not a usual one.
Have you heard of Kid President? I found a video of him the day after the election, and it seemed oddly....appropriate.
So I've spent a lot of time since then watching his other videos. He encourages people to "be awesome." So I'm doing the same thing here, because people, we need a bit more awesome in our lives.
The Thumper Principle: If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all.
Say please and thank you, like your parents and grandparents taught you! Thank everyone! The lady who bags your groceries! The kid at the drive through! The waiter who brings your beverages! THANK PEOPLE!
(And since today is Veterans' Day...thank Veterans? Good idea.)
Be helpful! Hold doors for people. If someone drops something, pick it up for them. Etc.
SMILE AT PEOPLE. Seriously. Smile. It's nice.
Send people notes! Real notes! In the mail!
Don't be a jerk. Turn on your lights when you're driving and it's dark outside. Use your turn signal. Return carts to the cart corral! Throw away your empty popcorn container after a movie!
From the video: Treat people like people!!!!! Use the Golden Rule!
Come on, guys. We're big adult humans. (Most of us who are reading this, anyway. I guess there might be some kids out there.) Let's be mature, reasonable, responsible, AWESOME PEOPLE.