A piece of advice that I think can benefit everyone in one way or another is,
"always assume good intentions."
I actually heard this advice/guideline in one of the marriage classes my husband and I had to take before we got married. It really stood out to me that day and still does today. I absolutely think that this piece of advice is important for any relationship- marriage, friendship, professional, even in interactions with strangers.
As important as I know it is to assume good intentions, I have a difficult time with it. I often find myself assuming the worst when certain situations or interactions arise. A "worst case scenario/ it's the end of the world" type of thinking, if you will. However, since hearing this advice, I really try to make a conscious effort to reframe my thinking and assume good intentions. Just taking a moment to remind myself that a person most likely had good intentions when they did xyz that upset me, immediataly helps me to be less upset about a situation, avoid overreacting or becoming defensive, and most importantly to give people the benefit of the doubt.
Catch up with my "Blog Every Day in May" challenge here:
Day 5 (Oops! :-/ I did blog on day 5, just not following the prompt...)