1. Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
2. Smile at people. It takes seventy-two muscles to frown, only fourteen to smile.
3. Call people by name. The sweetest music to anyone’s ears is the sound of his own name.
4. Be friendly and helpful. If you would have friends, be friendly.
6. Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anybody if you try.
7. Be generous with praise–cautious with criticism.
8. Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy: yours, the other fellow’s and the right one.
9. Be alert to give service. What counts in life is what we do for others.
10. Add to this a good sense of humor, a big dose of patience and a dash of humility, and you will be rewarded manifoldly.*
It was Robert G. Lee who wrote the above Ten Commandments.
I find it difficult to deal with people from various walks of life. But the above commandments are helpful.
Above all, it should be love and genuine desire to know them that motivate you, not on what on you can get from them. Dealing with people and caring for them truthfully is a rewarding experience itself.
* God’s Little Devotional Book for Parents 2000 published by Honor Books.