Becoming a friendly opened hearted person is the first step into the equation. I’ve noticed that people who are open hearted, have a spirit that is different than the norm.
Open hearted people are attractive. Usually an open hearted person is more other focused than self focused and tend to have a more positive outlook in life. In a class setting I ask, ‘What does friendly look like?’
Makes eye connection
Willing to listen
Doesn’t pass judgement
Has a sense of humor
Believes the best
Fun to be around
What’s friendly? Friendly means showing kindness to someone, as a friend would behave. Wikipedia
|1.||characteristic of or befitting a friend; showing friendship: a friendly greeting.|
|2.||like a friend; kind; helpful: a little friendly advice.|
|3.||favorably disposed; inclined to approve, help, or support.|
|4.||not hostile or at variance; amicable: friendly natives.|
|6.||Also, friend⋅li⋅ly. in a friendly manner; like a friend.|
|7.||a person who is in sympathetic relationship to oneself or one’s side; one who shows no hostility.|
bef. 900; ME frendly, OE frēondlīc.
1. companionable, neighborly. 2. kindly, amiable, cordial, genial, affectionate, kind-hearted. 3. benevolent, well-disposed, helpful, favorable; advantageous, propitious.
Antonyms: 3. antagonistic.
I think being a friendly open hearted person is a doable practice. I often wonder what would happen if every follower of Jesus would seek to be a friendly open hearted person every day? How many conversations would be started? How many acts of kindness would be generated? How many hearts would open?