Summary of “Want To Be Happier and More Successful? Learn To Like Other People”

Much of the time, the same outcomes you’re trying to achieve by changing your own habits, attitudes, and behaviors depend on how you view other people.
It sounds paradoxical, but according to University of Georgia researcher Jason Colquitt and his colleagues, people who tend to trust others at work score higher on a range of measure than those who don’t, from job performance to commitment to the team.
Instead of, “How can I improve?” the better question might be, “How can I start seeing more of the good in people, more often?”.
Why The Benefit Of The Doubt Is So Hard To Give.It can be difficult to believe that others generally have the best intentions; that just isn’t many people’s default assumption.
We’re socialized from a young age to be critical of others’ motives, if not downright suspicious.
Finally, while research on optimism-including assuming the best of others-almost universally shows its benefits for success and satisfaction in both work and life, people tend to fear being seen as an unrealistic “Pollyanna.” Just think of how many words there are in English to describe the experience of too-readily trusting others: gullible, ingenuous, credulous, unwary; imbecile, dimwit, stooge, dunderhead, idiot, fool; beguiled, duped, tricked, betrayed, fleeced, deceived, defrauded, double-crossed, deluded, swindled, conned, rooked, cozened, hoodwinked, bamboozled, flimflammed … you get the idea.
The Self-Help Approach That’s Not About YouTo be sure, there are risks to assuming the best in others, but the benefits may far outweigh the potential costs, especially in the workplace.
Simply assuming the best in others can lay the foundation for managers and their team members alike to learn and improve without wounding egos.

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