Know that everyone has lived a story that you’ve never heard.

Understand that everyone has a different set of beliefs, and they feel that they have very good reasons for having those beliefs.

Know that everyone has at least one thing that they’d give up everything for. 

Put your phone away when someone is trying to have a face to face conversation with you.

Understand that people crave shared experiences. Keep a look out for those experiences.

Respect people’s dreams, loves, and hobbies. Never, ever belittle these things. 

Know that people love to hear, “me too!”

Know that the things you hate the most might be someone else’s most beloved things.

Know that, at first, most people value themselves more than they value you. This is natural.

Take every opportunity to use the word they treasure the most – their name.

Let bad jokes slide. A chuckle won’t kill you.

Forgive quickly and often.

Compliment people when they’ve earned it.

Admit mistakes, and don’t be afraid to reveal your vulnerabilities.

Look people in the eye when speaking or being spoken to. Also, smile.

If they share something personal, handle the information with utmost care.

When conflict arises, assume you’re at fault before passing judgement.

Never bring up their past failures, but don’t hide your own.

Avoid taking about yourself too much. Tell your story when they want to hear it.

Understand that people just want to feel important and be valued.

Understand that many people just want someone to be proud of them.

Understand that not many people had happy childhoods.

Find joy in learning more about people.

Assume that everyone has masterful bull sh** detection.

Understand that nobody enjoys being wrong. Be civil when arguments arise.

Put other people’s needs before yours.

Above all else, love people without exception.

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