One of the most important human needs is connection; people want to feel appreciated and respected which is why there are many benefits of being friendly with people you meet. Personally, I have found that the benefits of being friendly have been very helpful in building and maintaining relationships in every situation, so I am going to share some of these benefits with you.
1. Making an Impact in Someone’s Life
One of the most important benefits of being friendly is that you can make an impact in someone’s life. Everyone goes through ups and downs during the course of a day – someone you meet may have just had the worst day ever and by simply choosing to lend a hand to that person or smile at them, you could single handedly impact his/her day in a great way.
2. Receive Unexpected Benefits
More often than not, if you show someone kindness and friendliness you could receive unexpected benefits. I’m not at all saying that you should only be nice to people so you can get something back, but if you express kindness out of the goodness of your heart and don’t expect something back, the person you just helped will feel your energy and may pleasantly surprise you with a gift or returned favor. You just never know.
3. Make New Friends
Having a friendly approach towards people you meet will open a door to making new friends. I have to say, I have met some of my best friends in line waiting for lunch at a school café, in the bathroom, in an elevator, or even in the hallway. Giving a simple compliment - “Hey, cute shoes” - could lead to a beautiful new friendship…again, you just never know!
4. Start a Love Chain
Smiling is contagious – I believe that we are all connected and feel each other’s energy. When someone is smiling or is just pleasant to be around, I feel more attracted to get to know that person and I feel more inspired to pass on that positive energy to someone else. This is a magical recipe for starting a love chain: do something nice for one person, help them see the light, and inspire that person to go do something nice for someone else.
5. Make a Great First Impression
Even if I am having a really bad day or going through some personal things, I always keep in mind that I have no idea what other people are going through. Because of this, I believe it’s important to leave a great first impression and imprint a positive mark of yourself in the other person’s mind.
6. Leave Open Communication
Being friendly with people you meet will also leave open communication. You never know who you will be long-term friends with or even short-term friends with, but whatever type of relationship you may potentially share with someone, it’s always great to leave open communication. Maybe a few weeks, months, years down the line you two could be in the same class or the working for the same company.
7. Establish Mutual Respect
Nobody wants to hang around a “Miss Grumpy Gills”, right? If we all were to walk around like our cats just got run over we would all probably be very lonely and upset all the time. Again, it’s in our human nature to want to feel connected to each other and be loved and accepted. By being friendly with others, you will initiate a mutual respect.
At the end of the day, being friendly towards others will help you feel better about yourself, too! I love to spread the love and it truly makes me happy to be friendly with other people and make them happy. Why do you think it’s a good idea to be friendly with everyone you meet?