I recently found a copy of Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People in the bargain rack at my local bookstore.  Honestly I had very low expectations.  And I was very wrong.  The book is largely an exposition of the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

As I’ve worked through the chapters I realize that the principles given in this book, if applied, would absolutely change the tone of relationships in our homes.  It’s not about manipulation, it’s about considering the other person and looking for the best in them.

Today I share three principles that can help lower defensiveness and increase the willingness of each member of your household to do their best for one another.  Listen, share it with others, and by all means, pick up a copy of this classic book!

Just remember, any fool can criticize and complain, and most do.  But it takes character to hold your tongue and seek the best for those in your house.  Let the change in your home start with you!

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