SIMPLE IDEAS TO BE A BETTER PERSON
****IF**** you are capable. Some of these require levels of physical activity, etc., that not everyone may have. That does not make you a bad person!!!
- •Ask everyone's pronouns, and then use the right ones -- even when they're not present
- •Hold the door for anyone who's close enough, and anyone carrying large objects
- •Assume that people only ask for the accommodations they truly need, and don't ask for explanations
- •When someone expresses a vulnerability or stress, do not respond with a joke or sarcasm (no matter how well-intended)
- •If some language or behavior makes even one person uncomfortable (and it's not the BS uncomfortability of a bigot), stop doing it without requiring a huge explanation/justification
- •Don't assume what people with disabilities can or cannot do; just ask them
- •If someone seems to be carrying too much, offer to carry something. If someone drops something, help them pick it up.
- •Ask people (all people) what gendered terms they are and are not comfortable with, and act accordingly
- •If someone wants to share something serious with you, try your best to be visibly engaged; attempt eye contact, don't look at your phone, etc.
- •If the criticism is not constructive, consider why you're saying it. Consider not saying it.
- •Do not touch people without their consent -- including hugs, pokes, and the like
- •Tell people "there's no need to be sorry" or "you've done nothing wrong" instead of telling them "don't be sorry"
- •Say "y'all" instead of "you guys." Say "they" instead of "he or she." Say "all genders" instead of "both genders."
- •Try not to get mad at people for interrupting or speaking over others, unless it is clearly ill-intentioned or they are not willing to apologize and step back
- •Compliment people. Express appreciation for the things they do.