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5 Habits Of Supportive People

If you’ve made it a goal to be more supportive of the family and friends in your life, you may be wondering just where you should start. The best way to become a more supportive person is by developing the habits of supportive people. That way,you will unconsciously act in a more supportive manner when your friends and family need it. 


1. Actively Listen


When people say they are listening, this doesn’t always mean they are actually listening. Sometimes they are just thinking of what they will say next. This leads to some of the message of the speaker being lost. When someone speaks to you, stop your thoughts and resolve to actively listen to the speaking person. Then think of your response when they are finished with what they have to say. 


2. Have A Positive Outlook


Supportive people are always happy for their friends when they accomplish something and help when things go awry. This is impossible to do if you don’t have a positive outlook on life. If you constantly see the negative side of a situation, it’s time to change your outlook so you can be a more supportive person.


3. Go The Extra Mile


When you are truly a supportive person, you will always go the extra mile for the person you care about. This means if your friend has a rough time, that you check in daily. Or maybe if they need something done, you do it for them, even though it may be an inconvenience for you.


4. Offer Encouragement


No matter what your friends may be pursuing in their lives, the number one habit of a supportive person is they always offer encouragement. Even if you may not think something is the greatest for your friend, it is their life and not yours, and it is your job to encourage them regardless of the situation. 


5. Have Empathy


Although you may not always think that the issues your friends are approaching you with are a big deal, a supportive person always has empathy, whatever the situation may be. If you struggle with feeling empathy, try putting yourself in your friend’s shoes and thinking about how you would feel if you were in the same situation.


It won’t be easy, but once you’ve developed the above habits, you will quickly be on your way to being a more supportive person to your friends and family.


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