How to Encourage Trustworthiness in Your Relationships

Success in any relationship requires some willingness to trust people. Whether at work or in your personal life, how can you do a better job of gauging trustworthiness and thereby improve your likelihood of experiencing a successful relationship? Try these tips to prompt trustworthiness in behavior:

  • Be generous. Feelings of gratitude foster trustworthy behavior
    Giving others a reason to feel grateful is a win-win: They benefit in the short term from your generosity, and you reap the rewards of their loyalty
  • Find commonality. Emphasizing common ground increases the likelihood that others will see you as someone with whom it’s possible to build a lasting and beneficial relationship
  • Don’t punish. Threats of punishment can prevent untrustworthy behavior in the moment but can be counterproductive in the long term: others may be less likely to take risks to support you

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