4 Reasons Why You Should Implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into Your Life

Tess in her Good Ole' Days

My mom told me a story about when I was little – I hadn’t remembered it.

I was about 8-years-old when it happened. There was a girl who was a little older than me. She girl was being picked on. Older kids were throwing sticks and stones at her while calling her mean names. I walked over to this group and told them to stop it. My mom told me that the kids stopped when I told them to. When I heard this story about myself as a young child – I was happy that even though I hadn’t remembered it, I  had made a difference in that girl’s life at that moment.

I guess that is always what kind of a person I’ve been. Where ever a person was being picked on I’d have a huge sense of conviction. That I needed to help them. And, I bet you can imagine, that didn’t exactly make me popular. It didn’t. And I got my share of bulling as well. There were definitely moments I had hoped someone would have stepped in like I had so many years before for that other girl in the park.

Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of ‘The Golden Rule’? How about on the receiving side of a person who isn’t incorporating ‘The Golden Rule’ into their life?

If that was a yes, then I have a few reasons you should implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into your life and how it will better your life. I’ve also included some things you can do when when you are hurt.

Why You Should Implement
‘The Golden Rule’ into Your Life

1.) You’ll have better days and you’ll feel better about yourself

When you treat others how you would like to be treated you are bound to have a better day. You are bound to be happier, because the people around you are happier, which leads me to my next point.

2.) You’ll be well liked

Let me just ask you, do you like people who are nice to you? Or do you like people who are mean to you? (Click to Tweet) 

3.) You’ll be able to focus on what you need to do

You can instead go about your day happily. You won’t have to worry if your sibling is going to yell at you after work or if your roommate is going to get mad at you for not doing your dishes last night. You won’t have to worry about how other people are going to react.

4.) Less Stress

You will most likely have less stress in your life. If you treat someone with love and kindness that is a seed. And hopefully sooner or later, they will mirror it back onto you. I know this can be tough because there are some people out there that are difficult to get along with.

Thought for the day: Maybe you need to be the first to throw the pebble into the river. (Click to Tweet)

When Someone Doesn’t Treat You How They’d Like To Be Treated

 

  • How do you feel when someone doesn’t treat you how they would like to be treated?
    – Do you feel less than human?
    – Do you feel hurt or sad?
  • What do you do when someone doesn’t treat you with the Golden Rule?
    – Do you get mad at them?
    – Do you try hurt them?
    – Do you walk away from them and avoid them?

Let me just say that the 5 options above are the wrong ways to react.

 

It can be harder said than done. I know how it feels. I spent many years in middle school crying in a bathroom stall or crying myself to sleep, but I want you to know I know how you feel. It is definitely harder said than done.

Tips on how to put up with a person who doesn’t live by the Golden Rule?

  1. Show love if you can. 
  2. Think about what could be going on in that person’s life that makes them act the way they do.
  3. Bite tongue and ignore rude comments (This one is a hard one for me.)
  4. Prayer

When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. – Luke 6:30 (The Message)

The last dog we had was named Tess... and she was a good one to learn "The Golden Rule" from. She would never squeak her toy animals because she thought that was hurting them. You can imagine the stress she got if you squeaked her baby.
The last dog we had was named Tess… and she was a good one to learn “The Golden Rule” from. She would never squeak her toy animals because she thought that was hurting them. You can imagine the stress she got if you squeaked her baby.

Do you have any other good reasons why you should implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into your life? Or other things that a person can do when they are faced with someone who doesn’t treat them with’The Golden Rule’?

 

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About Devin Berglund

Writer. Dreamer. Wanderer. Enjoyer of Life. She loves crafting stories that change lives. Her first book "The Mason of Hearts" was recently finished. It's the first in a Fantasy Adventure trilogy. She is also working toward agent representation.

4 thoughts on “4 Reasons Why You Should Implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into Your Life

  1. Hey Devin great post, I have a child who is different he is on the spectrum. I use many of those points to guide him through a rough day. Unfortunately sometimes I think being passive only makes it worse. As he grows older I want him to walk tall and not look like a victim, so if at some point he does tell these people off, I won’t be mad at him. Sometimes if you stand your ground that is all it takes to scare these cowardly bullies away. Yet high school could be another set of rules. If more parents taught these lessons maybe we would have less bullying thank you.

    1. Hello Kath, I am glad you enjoyed this post! I agree with you. I know how that feels from my time in middle school and high school. It definitely isn’t easy on kids who are bullied or on their parents. But you are so correct… If more parents taught their children these lessons there would be far less bullying. Thank you for commenting and sharing with me! :)

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