Trust is vital in every relationship. We have relationships with our friends, family, romantic, coworkers and also with God. In all of these relationships, the building platform to make it work or last is trust. It’s somewhat difficult to gain someone’s trust, even if we tend to be generally honest people.
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It’s challenging to trust people that we don’t know very well, like friends, coworkers and even strangers. By simply changing our behavior, we can nonverbally prove how trustworthy we are on the inside.
Accept a little embarrassment
Your ability to push aside mortification with grace, or being able to accept it, is a pointer in determining if someone is trustworthy. A research done showed a man reacting to a perfect test score first with embarrassment, then later reacted with pride. People were inclined to trust him more when he showed embarrassment than when he displayed pride. Embarrassed people are more likely to be sociable, which inevitably leads to others wanting to associate themselves with that person.
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Expressing compassion through apologies
When you apologize for things that are naturally beyond our control, like a rainy day or a crowded train, it goes a long way to show that you empathize with someone else’s situation, even if you’re not the one directly causing the problem. If someone is having a bad day, or grieving a loss, saying, “I’m so sorry,” can express both concern and empathy, as well as increasing the other person’s trust in you.
Mirroring body language
Studies show that slightly mirroring another person’s body language can help increase that person’s feeling of trust, without the other person being aware that they are being copied. If you find yourself copying a person’s body language when you have a conversation, this is a good sign that you’re already well on your way to gaining that person’s trust. This is especially good for discussions and resolving interpersonal clashes. Don’t make it appear too obvious that you are copying a person, it may seem a bit strange. Just allow your body to naturally follow their lead naturally, and they’ll become trusting in no time.
Having mutual friends
People are more likely to trust the people that their friends are friends with. This means that two people who have a third person in common are much more likely to become close. In a study done with social media, people were much more likely to accept friend requests from people on Facebook if they had mutual friends in common.
What smells nice to some people may smell neutral to others. However, science has shown that the way we smell may be a big influence on whether or not other people are likely to trust us. Lavender is a scent that is considered more welcoming than other scents, because it has a comforting effect when we smell it.
While being trustworthy is hugely about showing that trait through actions and words, it can also be affected by these subtle behaviors. Science has proven that there are several behaviors and habits that can help us gain the trust of the people around us, which makes for a longer lasting and happier relationship. These are simple, daily things that can be done to help express our inner honesty trustworthiness to people we come in contact with.