How many times have we heard the " you get more with honey than vinegar" or variations there of? While I have always tried to be polite in my dealings with people, I now find that I am changing and trying to be nice.
I think part of this is that I am happy and so have less that I have to fight for in my daily life. I think part is that I no longer have to deal with the business world on a daily basis from the inside and so have fewer frustrations and battles in my daily life. I think part is that I live in an area that is more "laid back" than city or central suburbs and so the people around me are not as pushy.
My mother was nice - everyone thought so, not just me. I was never "nice" or "kind" - heaven forbid! I just was me. Now for some reason there has been this change. I actually try to smile at people I don't know. I've always struck up conversations with people where ever I went, but now even more so. Some how I've fallen into this place of NICE people and I feel like an alien has taken me over.