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Master Socializing with These 6 Proven Tips

Master Socializing with These 6 Proven Tips

Socializing is an essential life skill and whether you are an introvert, an extrovert or an ambivert, you want to be good at this. It is common for international students to avoid socializing due to language barriers. However, you do not want to miss out on the numerous benefits of socializing. For instance, did you know people with more social support tend to live longer, have better mental health, and lower risk of dementia in later stages of their life! Hence why many websites that promote socializing such as MeetUp are so useful for international students who want to practice socializing. To help you get a head start, here are 5 techniques that will help you get better at this necessary aspect of humans’ life.

1. Don’t Overthink it

It’s easy to get lost in a train of intrusive thoughts about what to say. For instance, you may think “That’ll probably sound dumb, I’m not going to share that” and end up constantly thinking over what to say next. The truth is the constant overthinking is limiting you and making you want to be less and less social. Moreover, you will never know if your story or opinion is silly to share unless you actually do it. And even if it turns out it is you will learn from the experience and change your approach next time. Thus, there is no reason to overthink things. Just be yourself and share that silly joke, random fact, story, etc. of yours!

2. Be a Good Listener

Listening is half of socializing hence why good listeners are so appreciated in a social environment. Although being a good listener comes naturally to some, for many it is not as easy to be one. If you are perceived as a bad listener, people will try to avoid you thus try to not get distracted and maintain eye contact when socializing.

3. Enjoy The Moment

If you want to be more social then try and enjoy socializing. Those around you will be more likely to talk with you if they realize you enjoy being around them. Although this sounds obvious, many people tend to just scan around when in a social environment. Instead, put on a smile, talk with your friends, introduce yourself to new people and really try to enjoy the moment.

4. Fake Your Confidence

Those who are confident tend to be good at socializing and if you are not confident then just try faking it! How does one fake being confident? It turns out it’s much easier than you think. For the starters, try to speak the right body language.  For instance, confident people tend to sit and stand straight with their shoulders back. Moreover, they often show off the palms of their hands when talking and avoid fidgeting. Furthermore, confidence and charisma go hand in hand. So try to be more charismatic by being present in the moment, and projecting kindness.

5. Be The Uplifter

Everyone loves being uplifted so be the person that does exactly that! Being an uplifter essentially means focusing on human welfare of those around you. To be one you need to start by complimenting others’ strengths and efforts. For instance, let’s say you notice your friend has been working hard on a project and he is not getting any recognition for it. By approaching him and complimenting his project’s outcome you are guaranteed to uplift him and leave a good impression on him. Moreover, uplifters tend to encourage others, be positive, show empathy and understanding at appropriate times. Thus, if you notice someone is not feeling down, approach them and try to talk to them. This show of empathy can mean a lot to the person and will better your socializing skills at the same time.

Humanity has learned the norms and customs of the world through socializing hence why this process is so crucial to our existence. In fact, science has proven time to time that social people tend to enjoy both mental and physical benefits in the long run. And if you feel like your socializing skills need to improve try out these 5 proven tips that will help you get there.

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