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How can you get along with other people?


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June 26, 2010 9:58PM

I'm only speaking from personal experience but since I'm pretty old, you can consider this "tried and true". At least it's worked for me for many decades.

An important thing to remember is that you can never "get along" with everyone because all people are so very different. Don't let that worry you because there will be many more that you will be able to get along with. Here are the rules:

The best way to get along with people is actually care about them; know what's important to them; listen to what they have to say; talk about what they like to talk about more than what you like to talk about; remember what can hurt them or make them feel uncomfortable and make an effort to avoid those things. Don't belittle their ideas or opinions because they're different from yours; don't be judgemental; don't gossip; don't fake feelings or flattery. Whether a person is someone you can get along with or not, always be respectful, even if they're not. You will be very surprised how much benefit that rule provides.

It doesn't all come naturally, it does take practice and I still have to remind myself on occasion that I'm not following my own "rules". But you will find that the more success you have, the easier it is.