8. BE POSITIVE
10 Tips for Improving Social Interaction by Tim Bryce
People naturally gravitate to others with a positive or upbeat personality. This doesn’t mean we always have to wear a smiling face, but we should concede that people like optimists as opposed to pessimists. As such, we should always be looking for reasons why something should be done, as opposed to reasons why it shouldn’t.
This leads us into the area of effective criticism. Avoid the temptation to maliciously criticize someone or something. First, it makes the person look like a whining and jealous naysayer; second, it tends to be more destructive as opposed to constructive. It is simply good practice, when identifying problems, to suggest alternatives as opposed to simply criticism. As Winston Churchill astutely observed, “Any idiot can see what is wrong with something. But can you see what is right?”
So, is the glass half empty or half full? Your answer says a lot about how people perceive you.