Nice looks like a tidy floral landscape. It also looks like spending time with people you love. I can see someone neatly dressed or someone holding an elevator door for the next guy. What does Nice look like to you? Perhaps it is sending a note to something through snail mail. It is that first bite into a perfect, juicy peach.
How does it feel when you are Nice? Where do you feel it in your body? When I’m nice, my body feels confident. My spine is upright, my face smiles without effort and my heart feels generous.
Nice is an interesting emotion. It might be a reference to doing something nice. Or perhaps it is being nice to someone. Maybe the feeling surfaces when you’re all dressed up for a special occasion. I remember receiving flowers for a special occasion and that felt nice, too.
What do you suppose is the function of feeling nice? For me, it functions to create community. When I’m nice to my neighbors, I get nice back from them. It contributes to peace in this world. Imagine a pleasant work environment or a community pitching in to clean up a neighborhood. It is a give-and-receive kind of emotion.
It is more than a display to be observed or the way you act for recognition. I rather like the experience of nice much better when it’s offered or I share it without the concession factor. It is a deeper emotion when it comes from a place of sincerity, whether you’re on the giving or receiving end.
I give you permission to play with nice today. Imagine what it looks like. How does it feel? What is its function? Can you see any gift that comes from feeling nice?
Feelings bring color to our lives…
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