Are you one of those people who opens doors for others? Do you make chit chat to strangers in elevators to brighten their day? These are some habits that considerate people tend to do. When people are considerate, they tend to spread joy wherever they go and they brighten the lives of those around them. Consideration can sometimes seep into people-pleasing territory so it’s important that we know our limits. Check out the following ways to use consideration appropriately.
1. They Apologize (When They Should)
Considerate people will apologize to others when they have made a mistake, but they’re not overly apologetic for everything that they do. I remember when I was in my early teens I would apologize to others for anything and everything. For some reason, I was hyper sensitive to my actions and didn’t want to risk even accidentally offending others. But the problem with this was that I was only hurting myself because I was going through life so anxious that I couldn’t be my easy-going self. So it’s important to find a happy medium. If you regret an action, then say you’re sorry.
2. They Have Good Manners
Having good manners doesn’t just mean that you say “please” and “thank you.” It means that you recognize other people’s feelings and act accordingly. You need to treat others the way you would like to be treated. This means really listening to others when they’re speaking to you, practicing self-control by not speaking over other people and being on time to appointments- respecting people’s time. When someone speaks to you, really pay attention and grasp what they are saying, then repeat it back to yourself in your mind, and then finally, give your feedback using logic and empathy.
3. They Put Other People First (Sometimes)
People who are considerate put the needs of others before themselves, but to a certain extent. We cannot be effective to ourselves or others if we aren’t taking care of ourselves, too. We need to make sure that we aren’t heading into people-pleasing territory by saying “yes” to everyone, even when we don’t have the time to help other people out. So practice saying “no” in smaller situations so that saying it in bigger ones won’t be as difficult.
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