These 30 Mistakes Are Accidentally Making You Come Across As Socially Awkward

If you don’t want to come across as socially awkward, follow this advice from Ask Reddit.

18. You never laugh at yourself

“A big mistake is not knowing how to laugh at yourself, and be too easily made uncomfortable or embarrassed if others give you a little good natured ribbing or you make a mistake in front of other people.

People like it when you show you are imperfect and can laugh about it. Also, many people tend to socialize by casually joking around without giving it much thought, and this can include poking a bit of fun as someone there or about something the another person thinks is important. Give people the benefit of the doubt that they don’t mean anything bad by it, just joshing around. If you show you can take it (and better yet that you can dish it out, too) people will like hanging around with you much more.” — zazzlekdazzle

19. Your eye contact is too intense

“Misunderstanding the importance of eye contact and literally staring at me in the eyes for the whole conversation. Eye contact is important but it’s nice to take a break and glance at your surroundings periodically.” — Grateanswer

Juliet Lanka

Hater of love. Lover of horror.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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