10 little habits that make people admire you

These habits will improve your people skills, both in your personal and professional life.

Harper's Bazaar India

We all want to be admired by others. It is a natural human desire to be recognised for our achievements and appreciated for our personalities. While big accomplishments and grand gestures may earn us recognition, it is often the little things that we do every day that make the most impact on people's perception of us.

Here are some little habits that can make people admire you.

Be punctual

One of the most admirable qualities in a person is punctuality. Showing up on time shows that you value other people's time and are dependable. When you are consistently punctual, people will respect and appreciate you for it.

Have manners

Etiquettes are the most underrated as many people fail to understand how likable they can make you. Things as simple as holding the door for the person behind you, keeping your volume low while speaking on a call in a public space, or speaking respectfully make all the difference.

Don’t interrupt when someone is talking 

People love to be heard and understood. By being an attentive listener, you show that you care about what others have to say. When you give someone your undivided attention, they will feel valued and respected. Good listeners are often viewed as wise, trustworthy, and empathetic.

Be kind

Kindness is contagious, and it costs nothing. Being kind to others can make a huge difference in someone's day, and it will not go unnoticed. People who consistently demonstrate kindness are often viewed as compassionate, empathetic, and genuine.

Express gratitude 

Gratitude is a powerful emotion that can positively impact your life and the lives of those around you. By expressing gratitude, you show that you appreciate the people and things in your life. People who are grateful are often viewed as humble, optimistic, and content.

Be truthful even when it’s tough

Honesty is the foundation of trust. When you are honest with yourself and others, people will trust and respect you. Being honest means admitting when you are wrong, and taking responsibility for your actions. People who are honest are often viewed as authentic, dependable, and respectable.

Be cheerful 

A positive attitude can change your life and the lives of those around you. When you radiate positivity, you attract positivity. People who are positive are often viewed as confident, inspiring, and resilient.

Do what you say

Being reliable means doing what you say you will do. When you are reliable, people will trust you to follow through on your commitments. People who are reliable are often viewed as dependable, responsible, and trustworthy.

Give real compliments 

When a colleague or a friend turns up looking especially dressed up or got a new haircut, it will take you just a minute to compliment them. If someone has achieved something they were struggling with, compliment them on their efforts. It will make them feel seen and appreciated. But make sure you keep flattery out. People can understand the difference between real compliments and those with a motive. 

Respect boundaries 

Make it a habit to respect people's personal space. If you are borrowing something that belongs to another person, ask them for permission. If someone tells you they are busy or don't want to speak about a subject, don't be intrusive. These mini-habits make people feel comfortable with you and admire you.