The holiday season was filled with countless social activities for most of us, and this may have brought on a lot of anxiety. Whether it’s family drama, being around someone you feel doesn’t like you, or just overall social anxieties, you may have dreaded getting ready for that dinner party. I get it—this causes me stress too! Rather than going into these situations with a negative outlook, it’s important to change the perspective. Understanding what makes us likable by using proven and scientifically studied techniques in terms of how people connect with one another, is important.