Smiling at rude customers in a retail or service job, applying active listening skills, asking people questions about themselves when the conversation is getting awkward--sometimes you can change your entire social life or workplace energy with one little "people person" hack.
While some social charms do come naturally to effortlessly engaging people, being the life of the party or the butterfly of the networking event can also take some practice. Nobody is born cartwheeling in and out of delightful but productive conversations at the office holiday party, but adopting a few tips into your routine can be beneficial. Work on that firm handshake and eye contact and don't slouch into your happy hour margarita!
So, when a Reddit user asked, "What was the very first psychological trick you learned that blew your mind?" people were ready to share the tips they learned about the human brain that shocked them.