9 Common Little Things You Say & Do That You Probably Don't Realize Harm Others

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We can all agree that the world would be a better place if we were all kinder to each other, but the problem is, we sometimes think our actions are innocent when they often have negative effects. It's important to recognize the little things you might say or do that could unintentionally harm others, because even if our intentions are benevolent, we can still make someone feel bad. But recognizing the most common offenders ahead of time can help prevent you accidentally saying or doing them in the future.

"It is important to be cautious about how we speak to others because it often sends a message about who we are and how we operate in the world," says psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser over email. "If we are rude or inconsiderate, whether we like the person or not it, reflects on how people perceive us — they may view us as rude and inconsiderate. It is also important to be cautious about how we speak to others because it will impact how they respond back to us."

Paying attention to the little details can help make you a better communicator, friend, coworker, and partner. Here are nine common things that many people do or say that can be unintentionally harmful to others.