Feb 3 Care Mission
Find Common GroundLearn how to connect with people who have different viewpoints and interests as you.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone that was a real snoozer? Maybe all they talked about was the big game, but you don’t even know (or care to know) the difference between a touchdown and field goal. It can be hard to find common ground with someone who has different interests, worldviews, values or cultures. Uncovering ways to connect despite differences can help you live a life of compassion and empathy.
If you’re trying to live by the Golden Rule, these three tips can help you find common ground with someone who has a different perspective or interests.
- Make small talk. Small talk can be hard, but it gets easier when you practice. Asking someone about their work projects, vacation plans, favorite foods or pets can all be good conversation starters.
- Listen. When you’re talking with someone, listen for the things you have in common. If you both have dogs, for example, steer the conversation to talk more about interests you share.
- Share an experience. Instead of talking, plan activities together like watching a movie or doing a craft workshop. As you do things together, you’ll begin to have common experiences and can draw on those for conversations and begin building a rapport. This may be particularly helpful for building stronger relationships with someone who is a regular part of your life, such as a daughter-in-law.
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