Growing up, we were always taught to be nice to other people. That's a general life "rule" that, I think, everyone tries to follow. Bustle has found a few times when that "rule" may not apply though. You don't always have to be nice.

  • When helping others hurts you then you certainly don't have to be nice and go out of your way for someone else. It's okay to say "no" sometimes if you'll be stretching yourself too thin.
  • When someone needs tough love because being nice is different from being kind. Sometimes you have to be kind and tell someone something that they may not want to hear.
  • When you're in trouble which is hopefully obvious, but you have to do whatever you need to in order to get yourself out of a dangerous situation.
  • When it's just not who you are and that's okay. As long as you're not being mean or rude, you don't always have to be nice.

I'm not saying that we can't all be kind to each other, we should always try for that. But sometimes, being nice is just too hard.

(via Bustle)