I talk with people outside of my inner circle.
I give and take advice.
I draw people into conversations.
I share stories.
I keep my self up-to-date on news, politics etc. to be able to do smalltalk.
I ask questions in order to get to know others.
I avoid bragging and just talking about myself.
I am polite and friendly.
I introduce myself and others.
I have good manners and etiquette.
I join a conversation smoothly. I don't disrupt conversations or interrupt.
I reflect content and feelings of others in conversations.
I maintain appropriate eye contact.
I am relaxed and keep and open posture in conversations.
I am clean and neat in appearance, appropriate to situation.
My voice volume and tempo is appropriate.
I am able to keep the conversation going.
I don't criticize, judge, evaluate or dominate in conversations.
I avoid inappropriate touching of others.
I don't raise my voice or get angry if I disagree in conversations.
I receive compliments without discounting them.
Discuss this health aspect with others. Ask questions and get answers.
Private notes on 'social skills'
Social skills is an enabler for social experience. Social experience is essential for well-being for everyone, ranging from childhood through older adults. Children with strong social skills in kindergarten are more likely to thrive as adults. Socializing helps to exercise the mind. Socializing is linked to higher quality of life. Having regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier.
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