I cannot count the number of times I’ve been told not to be too nice to people because it will hurt me. After giving this much thought, my response is simple. When I’m too nice because I have a hidden purpose, others have the right to hurt me, because people are not made to be used but to be loved and respected. When I’m nice for the sake of actually caring about others, and living by my values, then no matter what others response are, they can’t hurt me. I tell myself that I am being kind to the world, not specific people. Be content with yourself and always smile. If the world smiles back, that’s great. If it’s doesn’t, then that’s great too, because despite the harshness around you, you are still able to stick to your beliefs, values and character with a genuine smile.