Show an active interest by asking questions when talking to others
We feel close to others when we feel understood, valid and cared for. This helps us feel seen and accepted for who we are – our strengths and weaknesses, hopes, fears and needs, and that our views are listened to, even if they aren’t agreed with. Feeling cared for means we feel warmth or affection from others and that our wellbeing is cared about . Others feel close to us when we do the same for them!
A great place to start is simply giving the other person our full attention and really listening. Focussing on them and what they are communicating, rather than having half an eye on our devices or thinking about what we think and want to say. When you’ve listened, perhaps even ask a few curious questions to show you are interested and to help you understand more about what’s going on for them.
Reflection: How can you remind yourself to really listen to others?
Happiness coach Robert Mack shares how to find more fulfilment in everyday life, even in tough times.. You can listen to the speaker here- https://actionforhappiness.org/happiness-fulfilment-robert-mack
All the best!