1. After a disagreement, take the first step toward reconciliation, and be willing to apologize if you discover that you’ve made a mistake.

Don’t hold grudges.—Leviticus 19:17 CEV

  1. Make an effort to show kindness and courtesy on a daily basis; for example, by holding the door open for the person behind you, picking up something that someone else accidentally dropped, or offering your seat to another passenger on the bus.

Be tenderhearted, be courteous.—1 Peter 3:8

  1. If you encounter a situation where someone needs help, pause what you’re doing and assist them. While this may not be practical or feasible in all circumstances, taking time to help another person can broaden your perspective and help avoid the mentality that your own plans and priorities are always the most important.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.—Philippians 2:4

  1. If you don’t know about something, ask someone who does.

Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.—Proverbs 12:15 NLT

  1. Ask a good friend or pastor for prayer when you’re facing a difficult situation. Sharing what’s on your mind and heart will not only enable you to get the problem off your chest, but also help you realize your need for God and others.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.—Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

  1. Take time to listen. You never know what you can discover and learn when you hear other people out.

Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life.—Proverbs 19:20 NLT

  1. Express gratitude by writing a note of appreciation to your spouse, your children, a coworker, or a friend. Describe in detail their qualities and how they’ve added value to your life.

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.—John 13:35 NLT

  1. Pick up a new skill, learn a foreign language, or start a new hobby. Even if you feel like you’re not very good at it, stepping out of your comfort zone gives others the opportunity to teach you something new.

If you are already wise, you will become even wiser. And if you are smart, you will learn to understand.—Proverbs 1:5 CEV