Make it a practice to always give someone the benefit of the doubt. In the world of law, people remain innocent until proven guilty. Shouldn't that also be the case with our loved ones?
Trust your friends and family members and give them the benefit of the doubt. Don't jump to conclusions; if you hear a rumor be sure to check with the person mentioned rather than assume it is true or not true.
You will find yourself much slower to anger and in general a more laid back and calm person because you take a moment to think through things rather than immediately passing judgment. You will find that more people will be honest with you if you are honest with them.
Give the benefit of the doubt to all those you meet, not just to a select few. Make a commitment to never talk behind anyone's back; rather if you have a question you will ask the person directly. This direct communication cuts down on confusion and helps lead to healthier relationships.
The next time you hear an outrageous story, catch yourself before you begin to make a judgment. Keep an open mind, and follow up with the person or people in question at another time. Remain calm throughout this process.
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