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How to Get Along with People

Don't let ego or self-interest get in the way of getting along with people. Think of it as helping yourself as much as it is making life better for others.


  • Step 1: Be kind Greet people, smile, and cultivate a persuasive manner and tone in relationships with coworkers. Even if you dislike someone, your good behavior reduces tension.
  • Step 2: Go along Go along with innocent comments or humor and don't be overly sensitive. Give people room if you sense that your habits annoy them.
  • Step 3: Forgive and consider others Forgive instead of harboring grudges. Remember that most people are doing the best they can. Discuss things and listen sensitively to find areas of agreement.
  • Step 4: Admit mistakes Admit when you're wrong, take criticism, and show appreciation for the effort others make to reach out.
  • TIP: Drawing attention to yourself only alienates people -- let others have the spotlight.
  • Step 5: Lend a hand Lend a hand or an ear in all situations, establishing yourself as the "go-to" person. Don't speak until you're sure what you say is true, kind, and necessary.
  • Step 6: Cooperate and joke Use humor to cooperate or lighten the mood. Try to understand and respect others, and enjoy getting along with those around you.
  • FACT: Research shows that children who grow up with one or more siblings get along better with their classmates in kindergarten than do only-children.

You Will Need

  • Smile
  • Positive attitude
  • Trustworthiness
  • Easygoing manner
  • Responsibility
  • Helpfulness
  • Humor

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