Nurturing Personal and Professional Relationships for Greater Happiness

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Friday, October 9, 2020

Nurturing Personal and Professional Relationships for Greater Happiness

Posted by Mitzi Branvold | Friday, October 9, 2020

Most employers will tell you that the one thing they look for in new employees is the ability to get along with people. This can also be referred to as the ability to communicate well or to be a team player. There are certain things that we associate with someone who gets along with people—a smiling face, a willingness to converse, a willingness to listen etc. Someone who gets along with others is not usually a person who complains all the time, so a certain degree of positivity is also needed.

Were You Labeled an Introvert as a Child?

Let’s say that you’re more of an introvert or that you’ve been labeled an introvert since the time that you were a child. It can be hard to break out of this mold once it has become a part of you. Often, introverts continue to be introverts simply because people have labeled them that way, not because they want to. The fact is that everyone needs to be around other people; human beings are social animals. We all want a significant other, a family and friends; we also want to be on good terms with the people we work with.

Taking Baby Steps Towards Mingling with People

If you are an introvert looking to shake off this label, keep in mind that you don’t have to be what people expect you to be. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to go to the other extreme and become a complete extrovert. No one expects you to start becoming gregarious all of a sudden, but you can at least take some baby steps towards mingling with other people.

Stay Away from People Who Reinforce Introversion

One thing you might want to do is stay away from people who continue to think of you as an introvert. If you feel that your family or some of your friends are constantly reinforcing the idea that you are some kind of shrinking violet, then set them right or stay away from them. Either way, don’t let them get in the way of your aim to develop better relationships with the people around you.

Being Authentic in Your Dealings with People

You should also keep in mind that you don’t need to become some kind of smooth-talking people pleaser. Getting along with others also involves listening and being genuinely interested in what they have to say. Helping others in whatever small way you can will also help you to nurture their goodwill. And don’t forget the power of a laugh; if you can share a laugh with someone everyday, then you will surely be able to cement your relationship with them, on a personal or professional level.