1. After a disagreement, take the first step toward reconciliation, and be willing to apologize if you discover that you’ve made a mistake.
2. Make an effort to show kindness and courtesy on a daily basis; for example, by holding the door open for the person behind you, picking up something that someone else accidentally dropped, or offering your seat to another passenger on the bus.
3. If you encounter a situation where someone needs help, pause what you’re doing and assist them. While this may not be practical or feasible in all circumstances, taking time to help another person can broaden your perspective and help avoid the mentality that your own plans and priorities are always the most important.
4. If you don’t know about something, ask someone who does.
5. Ask a good friend or pastor for prayer when you’re facing a difficult situation. Sharing what’s on your mind and heart will not only enable you to get the problem off your chest, but also help you realize your need for God and others.
6. Take time to listen. You never know what you can discover and learn when you hear other people out.
7. Express gratitude by writing a note of appreciation to your spouse, your children, a coworker, or a friend. Describe in detail their qualities and how they’ve added value to your life.
8. Pick up a new skill, learn a foreign language, or start a new hobby. Even if you feel like you’re not very good at it, stepping out of your comfort zone gives others the opportunity to teach you something new.