26 ways to be a more decent person

A kind of list you won’t see on your front page

What constitutes a good person is a subject that was debated by everyone, everywhere: from the Ancient philosophers spitting out grape seeds from a bed filled with concubines to that neighbor that decided to start drilling the walls while everyone is in smartworking.

Probably this is why we so often opt out to measure our worth in money, followers, possessions — these things, in contrast with goodness, virtue, or decency, are not debatable.

Each aspect of human virtue can be scrutinized, instead. Selflessness is awarded in principle, but in fact, it turns you into a doormat others can take advantage of. Niceness, politeness, and likeability are glossy but can hide a manipulative psychopath. Sacrifice may be inspiring in literature but is suffocating when performed by someone in your close circle.

I’m not going to try to find a solution to any of these eternal problems. What I’m going to do, instead, is to list the (carefully researched online) things that decent people might be doing on the daily, the ones that do not bridge into drama or toxicity, but are simply kind.

Because kindness is something that improves your mental health — doing it, receiving it, or even observing it.

Give it a try.

So, this is a rough list of the kind things that decent people do:

Stories from another hemisphere, written under a stripper pen name and in a second language. Because God forbid we make things easier for us.