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How to Foster Trust in Relationships

When we trust someone, we risk getting hurt. Be sure the rewards of a trusting relationship outweigh the risks.


  • Step 1: Extend trust Signal that you are trusting by unilaterally extending your trust to the other person.
  • TIP: Handshakes and other forms of social touching promote trust.
  • Step 2: Make the other person happy Try to make the other person happy. Happiness fosters trust and this fosters more happiness.
  • Step 3: Engage in face-to-face meetings Engage in face-to-face interactions whenever possible.
  • Step 4: Participate in social bonding Participate in activities that promote social bonding.
  • FACT: Some neuroscientists believe that the ability to trust in humans has a biochemical basis.

You Will Need

  • Unilateral trust
  • Happiness
  • Face-to-face interactions
  • Social bonding activities

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