Mean People Suck.

Can we all agree on that much?

Also: we can all be mean people sometimes. We have a bad night’s sleep, everything goes wrong before we even leave the house, the traffic is atrocious, we are stressed, busy, pissed off and too exhausted to do anything about it.

We get offended, so we turn around and offend others with our thoughtless words, rude behavior and cutting sarcasm.

Just as an act of kindness radiates joy and love out into the universe, a mean-spirited one can often spiral into misery and hate.

This is not to say you must be a shiny, happy person all the time. It is absolutely essential to process intense emotions, including the ones we would often rather repress—fear, anger, a sense of desperation. But in a healthy way. That is, not spewing our meanness on others.

However, the world can use more kind, gentle, compassionate people. Here are 28 gentle reminders of how to be a more human human.