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Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

By the time you read this we will have a new president of the United States. I'm not sure which excites me more--having a new president, or the fact that there aren't any more nasty mud-slinging political ads.

I'm going to do my part to bring nice back into the world by introducing you to this week's site, Operation NICE.

Operation NICE was started after blogger Melissa Morris Ivone had a stranger perform a minor gesture that brightened her day. "I started to think, 'What a great world this would be if everyone had consideration for others.'"

On the site Ivone says, "Don't you love it when people go out of their way to be nice? Like when someone waits to hold the door for you. Or when a stranger waves you into a line of traffic. Or even when a coworker shoots you a friendly smile along with a 'have a nice day.' If everyone was a little bit nicer to the folks they encountered each day, perhaps the world would be a more pleasant place. Operation NICE was initiated to remind you that a little NICE goes a long way."

On this site you'll find stories about many different "nice" things going on in the world, including one about a Good Samaritan in Texas who bought a woman her house at an auction, after it went into foreclosure.

Readers can send in suggested ways of being nice, such as "Give at least one sincere compliment a day and it doesn't have to be much. Tell someone they have a nice smile, or you like their shoes or you envy their patience. If you look for it, you can find something positive to say about anyone." Now that's nice.

You can send in your own story, suggestions and even join NICE groups on Flickr--a photo uploading site and post NICE stuff. You can place an Operation NICE badge on your website proclaiming "I'm very NICE." Of course, then ya gotta live up to it. Downloads are available too, including gratitude notes, signs and tips.

With all the bad news we hear every day, this site is truly a breath of much-needed fresh air.

Consider this quote from Addison Walker:

It is not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game ever starts.

Now isn't that NICE.