10 Simple tips on how to get people to like you

How to get people to like you? How to become more attractive? Some people say that they don’t care if people like them or not, but for most it’s not the case. Most of us want to be liked, and if we feel that we are not accepted or liked, then that can be quite upsetting. We can’t, of course, be liked by everyone, but we can take steps to make ourselves more likeable. Being liked is more, than just a good bonus for the ego, it also reduces stress, it increases our sense of wellbeing and it makes life generally easier and more enjoyable. Here are ten simple ways that you can get more people to like you:

1. Be more courteous, never leave your wonderful manners at home

Such words as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ never go out of fashion, but they do get forgotten in today’s busy world. It doesn’t take a lot of effort though, to be courteous and it really doesn’t take up a lot of your time. So remember your P’s and Q’s when you’re out, they go a long way towards you being liked.

2. How to get people to like you? Smile!

Smiling is the simplest way to become more likeable. A genuine smile will make those around you happier and you too. People don’t want to be around other people who are going to bring them down, so smile and you instantly will become someone, who others want to be around.

3. Treat others as you would like to be treated

This is a really straightforward rule to follow, if you want more friends. You wouldn’t like it if someone was rude to you or ignored your problems and needs, so don’t do it to others. If you give people around you the same level of respect that you would like them to give you, they will naturally think of you, as a likeable person.

4. Listen; and be good at it!

Being a good listener is another great tip on how to get people to like you. Give people a chance to get their point of view or their story across, and they will want to talk to you again. We all have plenty of things that we want to say, so give others a chance to talk and that way you will learn more too.

5. Always be honest, transparent and true

It’s always in your best interest to be honest with people. A true friend would never lie and, if you get a reputation for telling stories, then none will ever believe a word you say or want to be around you. Honesty gives you an air of integrity that people will respect and come to trust.

6. The right amount of eye contact never hurts, but don’t overdo it!

If you feel that people don’t like you, it could be that you are inadvertently giving off the wrong signals through your body language. If you are gazing off into space, as someone is talking to you, then you are looking bored, disinterested and rude. Make a reasonable amount of eye contact with people, when they talk, but don’t stare! That’s equally rude and even threatening.

7. Show some empathy, be compassionate

Being compassionate and showing sincere empathy is another good tip on how to get people to like you. Showing someone that you understand how they feel is a great way to get them to warm to you. Simple phrases like ‘I understand’ or ‘I know exactly how you feel’, will let the person know that you are on common ground and it demonstrates that you are someone that they can talk to.

8. Offer to help, be generous, show kindness

Offers to help, however small, will also help to make people like you. Show a little kindness by offering to carry one of their heavy bags, asking if they want a coffee, when you go for one or offering someone a lift in your car. These little things cost you nothing and don’t take you out of your way, but they will be appreciated and remembered.

9. Praise, flatter and compliment people; always do it sincerely, from your heart!

Everyone loves to be complimented, so don’t forget to tell someone how great is their new book, how nice their new dress is or how great their new hairstyle looks. If a compliment is genuine, the other person will be pleased that you notice and flattered that you cared.

10. Body language trick that works: tilt your head slightly when talking

Another body language tip on how to get people to like you is to not look too assertive and dominant in a conversation. Tilting your head slightly to one side shows a person that you are interested in what they are saying and it looks less aggressive, than facing someone square on. The effect of this pose is grounded in science, as when you tilt your head, you expose your neck and arteries to a persona and it tells them that you are not out for a fight, you want to be friends.

How to get people to like you? Do you have some other tips to share?

Stay happy!

One Comment

  1. Regan
    July 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Excellent website you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
    I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get advice from
    other experienced people that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!

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