Here are five common habits that most likeable people have.
They Smile a Lot
One of the habits of people that are likeable is that they smile a lot. And I mean a lot! I have a friend who was a former co-worker who years ago smiled every time you saw him. It didn’t matter if it was Monday morning or Friday evening…this man had a smile on his face….and it is highly contagious. People want to be around people like that.
They Give a Lot
The people who seem to be liked the most are sometimes those who give the most, and I don’t mean only money. They give of their time, more than others, they give of their talent, more than others, and they give more than others to those who have greater needs than their own. These people believe Jesus Who said “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
The Love a Lot
Jesus said that people will know we are His disciples if we have love for one another (John 13:15), and not by what we say. Talk is cheap but action does speak louder than words, and when our actions show that we love others, despite their imperfections (as we have too), we are showing others that we truly are Jesus’ disciples.
They Encourage a Lot
I love to build people up in the church and even those who I know around town. There is already enough tearing down of others. There is already enough gossip. There is already enough negativity in the world, so why not choose to encourage someone today. They might think you’re crazy at first because they don’t hear very many encouraging words these days, but people who are likeable are those who are encouragers. Who wouldn’t want to be around someone like that?
They Build up a Lot
The fact is we are commanded to build one another up, not tear each other down. The Apostle Paul wrote, “encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1st Thess 5:11). When the world seems to focus on bad news, why not be about the business of building others up. We’re not missing anything important when we miss the news on TV, but we can catch a lot when we can build others up and see how that encourages them.
Don’t you want to be around people that smile a lot, who give a lot, that love a lot, that encourage a lot, and build up a lot? If you have these character traits, I don’t have to guess about it. I am sure you have people that like you. I love having likeable people around me, so why not be that likeable person?
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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