“I gave up on being Nice. I started putting more value on other qualities instead: Passion, bravery, intelligence, practicality, humor, patience, fairness, sensitivity. Those last three might seem like they are covered by Nice, but make no mistake, they are not. A person who smiles a lot and remembers everyone’s birthday can turn out to be undercover crazy, a compulsive thief, and boring to boot. I don’t put a lot of stock in nice. I’d prefer to be around people who have any of the above qualities over niceness, and I’d prefer it if that applied to me too.”
This is such a great quote! And so true! Nice is such a “blanket” term. If you’re going to point out a positive character trait in someone, choose something specific (they’re unselfish, they work hard to achieve goals, etc.). “Nice” has a positive connotation, but doesn’t really give specific information about what exactly is so great about a person.