If everybody followed the Golden Rule, life would be a whole lot easier. While researching the Golden Rule, I came across a website that listed 18 Practical Tips for Living the Golden Rule. It’s been said that the rule of treating others as you would want to be treated in their place will ultimately lead to your own happiness.
I could not agree more with this statement! If you apply the Golden Rule in all of your interactions with your peers, this action will not only be good for the people you help and are kind to, but you’ll also start to notice that others will treat you better as well. By treating people this way, you will also find a growing satisfaction in yourself, a belief in yourself, and a knowledge that you are a good person and you should trust in yourself. However, the Golden Rule doesn’t just mean that you should treat someone else exactly as you’d want them to treat you. It means that you should try to imagine how they want to be treated, and treat them accordingly. You should imagine being in their shoes, and ask yourself how you think they would want to be treated. Ask yourself how you would want to be treated if you were in their situation. A perfect example of this is when John F. Kennedy exemplified this act during the controversial days of de-segregation in the 1960s. He asked the white Americans to imagine being looked down upon and treated badly based only on the color of their skin. He asked them to imagine how they would want to be treated if they were in that situation, and act accordingly towards the blacks. The next time you are aggravated with somebody, don’t treat them the way you really want to at the time. Instead, hold back your negative thoughts before they turn into negative actions, and put yourself in their shoes, imagining if you would want to be treated that way. Treat others the way they should be treated, and life will be a lot more simple!