The Ten Commandments of How to Get Along With People

Today I would like to post something I found while looking through my high school memory book. Bear in mind that I graduated in 1984. I believe that this information holds true still today and will into eternity. It was written by Ann Landers and published in my local newspaper.

1. Keep skid chains on your tongue. Always say less than you think. Cultivate a low persuasive voice. How you say it often counts more than what you say.

2. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully no matter what the cost.

3. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging word to or about somebody. Praise good work regardless of who did it,

4. Be interested in others: their pursuits, their work,their homes,their families. Make merry with those who rejoice,with those who weep, mourn. Let everyone you meet,however humble,feel that you regard him/her as a person of importance.

5. Be cheerful. Don’t burden or depress those around you by dwelling on your aches and pains and small disappointments. Remember,everyone is carrying some kind a burden.

6. Keep an open mind. Discuss but don’t argue.It is a mark of a superior mind to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.

7. Let your virtues, if you have any, speak for themselves. Refuse to talk about the vices of others. It is a waste of time and can be destructive and hurtful.

8. Take into consideration the feelings of others. Wit and humor at the expense of another is never worth the pain that may be inflicted.

9. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Remember, the person who carried the message may not be the most accurate reporter in the world. Simply live so that nobody will believe him.

10. Don’t be anxious about the credit due you. Do your best and be patient. Forget about yourself and let others remember. Success is much sweeter that way. ”

This is information we can all use to become better people thereby making this a better world. Even in tough times, if you follow these simple rules and build people up rather than tear them down, how much more amazing could our lives be? Success comes by helping others succeed, Join me on the journey!!

Article kindly contributed by Dawn Gilcrest of Create an Amazing Life

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3 thoughts on “The Ten Commandments of How to Get Along With People

  1. What a great thing to find. Thank you for sharing this.
    It reminds me of what family members have told me ‘Treat people how you wish to be treated’.

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