6 Ways Active Listening Can Positively Impact Your Life
Hearing someone tell you something is not the same thing as active listening. In fact, not everyone has active listening skills. Active listening is stopping everything else you are doing and attentively listening to what someone is telling you. You respond with questions, and you offer insight when prompted, showing that what they say truly matters. Imagine how good it can feel when someone shows you that you matter that much. That is what active listening is all about.
Active Listening Shows Love
Part of love is respect, and when you actively listen to someone, you show them that you respect them enough to drop everything else for them. Their world and what is going on in it, is what matters the most to you, and through active listening, you show them that. Through the process of active listening, you improve their feeling of acceptance and self-esteem.
Friendships Stem from Really Listening
Your friends are your friends because they show you that you matter. They listen to your chaotic life and help settle it down when they can. Active listening is how they know when to bring over a spoon and a quart of your favorite ice cream. By actively listening to another, you can be that rock for them just like others have been for you.
Others Like You More When You Listen
Everyone wants to feel as though they are accepted and that they belong – it is a fundamental part of human nature. If you show people that you can listen, accepting them for who they are, they are likely to become friends, even very close, lifelong friends.
You Learn About Others When You Listen
When you actively listen to someone, you learn about what is important to them. When they tell you how someone hurt them, you also learn how to avoid hurting them. At the same time, you also learn how to make that person smile. Learn about what makes those closest to you tick, by simply taking the time to listen.
Listening Establishes Trust
Active listening shows that the person you are listening to matters to you. This attention helps the person open up about what is going on with them, which comes from a feeling of trust. The more you listen without judgment, the more trust builds between the two of you.
Active Listening Allows Two-Way Communication
When you take the time to actively listen to someone, they are far more likely to take the time to do the same with you. This means that you can help guide their direction in life since they will be more likely to actively listen to your point of view as well.
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