Sometimes we can be at our absolute worst on public transportation. It's crowded, it smells bad, and it's hard to find a seat. To make matters worse, we may be in a rush so that also doesn't help our mood.
But, just because we aren't in our ideal situation doesn't mean we should throw all niceties out the window (which is actually impossible since windows on public transportation usually don't open...). Here are five easy ways you can choose to be nice on your next commute on public transportation.
1. SAY 'HELLO' TO YOUR DRIVER.
Not all public transportation methods have this option, but if you're on a bus or can see your subway conductor, give him/her a warm hello. Most people just rush on and ignore their driver so he/she will appreciate you taking the time to acknowledge his/her existence.
2. SMILE AT A STRANGER.
Look at those pearly whites!
You never know who's having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Sometimes receiving a smile from a stranger can make all the difference!
3. GIVE UP YOUR SEAT TO SOMEONE IN NEED.
The elderly, a pregnant woman, someone with kids, people with a lot of bags or luggage... There are a lot of people who need that seat more than you, and they will be extremely grateful for getting the chance to sit down!
4. HELP SOMEONE WITH DIRECTIONS.
When you're on public transportation and don't know where you're going, it can be pretty terrifying. You don't want to miss your stop but you're also hesitant to ask someone for help. If you see someone who doesn't know his/her way, offer your guidance. But only if you're sure of the way!
5. SAY 'THANK YOU' WHEN YOU LEAVE.
You're taught as a child to always show your manners and say 'please' and 'thank you.' But sometimes we adults forget these basic things. Your driver just provided you with something invaluable, he/she helped you get from point A to point B. You should thank them for their time and effort!
Do you have any other ideas of how to choose to be nice on public transportation? Share below!