The success of many aspects of our life depends on how we get along with those around us. However, we rarely think about what we can change about our behavior to leave a great impression on people. Here are some bad habits that you need to get rid of to be more likable and make people experience positive emotions when they are around you.
1. Using negative words
Avoid negative expressions and negative words whenever possible. Research shows that when you use them in your speech, even if it's just “no,” you and the listener release stress hormones, which ultimately affect the relationship. Therefore, you better get rid of the habit of beginning a sentence with the word “no.”
2. Leave without saying goodbye
Such people leave the office at the end of the working day or any other meeting without saying goodbye. Many perceive this behavior as a manifestation of rudeness and bad manners.
3. Fake smile
Smiling is a great way to win over those around you. But that doesn't mean you have to smile all the time or force yourself to do it. People easily read the insincerity in the emotions of their interlocutors. Therefore, try to show sincere feelings in communication with others.
4. Pronouncing the names in a wrong way
Remembering a name is a sign that a person is interested in the other person. Research shows that we forget people's names due to a lack of interest. And this, in turn, can make you unlikable in the eyes of another person.
5. Ignoring someone in a group of people
Let's say you are engaged in small talk, and a new interlocutor has joined you. Oftentimes, people continue the conversation while ignoring the new person. Yes, maybe the moment is not right, but that does not mean that you should act as if the person is not there. As Elie Wiesel wrote: “The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.”
6. Giving unsolicited advice
Perhaps you have experience in solving a problem that the interlocutor faced, but you should not immediately teach others how to live. Before you can help, you need to ask if people want your advice.