It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that happy people can be mean once in a while. The difficulty with this way of thinking and behaving is that you’re essentially giving yourself a free pass to be mean, which not only takes a toll on others but also yourself. Here are some of the consequences of being mean:
- People don’t like you.
- People don’t trust you.
- The people you’ve hurt are likely to never help you again.
- You don’t build genuine relationships.
- People are always waiting for you to erupt.
- You attract people who also have meanness in their vocabulary.
- Every time you’re mean, it takes a little piece of your happiness away.
- There are consequences to being mean including isolating yourself from others.
- Happy people aren’t mean.
If you’re genuinely interested in being happy then you’ll do everything in your power to eliminate being mean to yourself and others. The benefit will be that you can focus on the many wonderful opportunities that kindness and compassion offer.