Everyone wants to be liked and to have lots of friends, regardless of whether they are in recovery or not.
However, some people, even sober ones, can struggle with this notion.
Over the next few posts, we're going to give you all the secrets that will help you make more friends and be more likable. If someone in your family needs help with addiction, call a drug and alcohol treatment center in Columbus OH that you can trust. Call Legacy Freedom today.
How to Be Likable and Make Friends
We're going to start with a tip that might be a little obvious to some, and not so much to others, but when you meet someone new, there are few things that you should do right away to make them more comfortable around you. You should look them in the eye, say hello, be warm, open, and receptive to meeting someone new, then offer a firm handshake. This way, even if you are socially awkward, you will not come off that way.
Now let's take a look in deeper detail.
Making Eye Contact
This one might be more important for men, than for women, but there have been studies that report people who maintain eye contact are perceived as being more warm and personable, skilled, confident, trustworthy, stable, and overall more likable.
If you're having trouble looking people in the eye, and being comfortable, here's a good trick for you to use. Try to figure out what eye color the person you're talking too has. Don't stare too long, or lean in, that might be weird.
Use a Firm Handshake
People, for the most part, do this like it's an instinct. This is a good thing, because research shows that a firm handshake displays enthusiasm, trust, and friendship.
Now when shaking hands, there are a few things you want to avoid, so don't do the following.
- Dead Fish - This is the limp handshake that has no life or "umph" in it. Women especially have to avoid this bad habit, as it can ruin first impressions.
- Knuckle Crusher - Men have to be careful with this one as nobody want to leave a first encounter with a hurt hand. Some men have a bad habit of trying to be too macho when shaking hands so avoid the knuckle crusher.
- The Two-Hander - The only time this one is OK is when you are greeting someone you've known for a long time or who is a good friend of yours. Otherwise known as the politician handshake, using two hands can be weird and little creepy during a first encounter.
If you're looking for more ways to become more likable, don't forget to read part two of this series. For help with substance abuse and addiction, keep reading to see how Legacy can help you and your family.
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