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Let’s face it. Social media has turned us into some unsocial and unexpressive folks. It is so easy to click “like”, double tap, or respond with a quick emoticon. We do it when we are celebrating someone, showing empathy, or showing our dislike. However, when it comes to socializing outside our homes, face to face with the world, we, you are awkward.
Ways to Make Real Connections With People
It is ok to make real connections with people. It is actually something we did a lot of pre-social media. Don’t get me wrong, social media is extremely helpful and beneficial at times, but making an effort not to forget how to interact with our friends or others with whom we come into contact.
Put a smile on your face.
Ever walked down a hallway where only you and one other person is in the hallway, you pass one another and neither of you dared to look at each other? I often find myself looking up at the other person and smiling (an unspoken, “hello”) and in turn he or she tries their best not to make eye contact. It is awkward and rude. Add a smile to your face the next time you pass someone. You never know what your smile will do for a person. For them, just being noticed could offer a glimpse of hope or light for the day.
Make a phone call.
Some days, a phone call from family or a friend is in order. Chatting on social media or through text just does not cut it for me. Life gets a busy and and some times too busy to sit on the phone for long periods of time, but check in from time to time. You and your friend both need that time to connect and make sure things are going well in each others’ lives.
Say, “Thank you”.
Is this a hard thing to do? Whether you received a gift or someone held the door open for you while at a store, saying, “Thank you” is the courteous and simply the right thing to do. Let people know you appreciate their kind gestures–regardless the size of the gesture. The worst way to be and look is ungrateful. Besides, saying it is free.
Offer support and encouragement.
Know of someone who is currently having a hard time in life? Consider offering them words of encouragement. Maybe make a phone call, like mentioned above, an email or a greeting card expressing your desire to simply be there for them. Support their endeavors and dreams and don’t be afraid to publicly support them! Let them know you are someone they can count on to have their back.
Ever get tired of connecting through social media?