See the Good in Others
A wise suggestion by Rick Hanson: "See the Good in Others", that is, deliberately:
- slow down for a moment during interpersonal interactions
- see positive intentions and think about why people do what they do
- see abilities and acknowledge them
- see positive character traits "... such as determination, generosity, kindness, patience, energy, grit, honesty, fairness, or compassion"
And then, Hansen recommends:
... recognize that the good you see in others is also in you. You couldn't see that good if you did not have an inkling of what it was. You, too, have positive intentions, real abilities, and virtues of mind and heart. Those qualities are a fact, as much a fact as the chair you're sitting on. Take a moment to let that fact sink in. You don't need a halo to be a truly good person. You are a truly good person.
Sweet, useful, and important to remember!