I’m Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.

When building a profitable practice, you want to be supportive of yourself and others. If you’ve made it a goal to be more supportive of the family and friends in your life, you may be wondering just where you should start. The best way to become a more supportive person is by developing the habits of supportive people. That way, you will unconsciously act in a more supportive manner when your friends and family need it.

Here are 5 habits that supportive people possess:

1.  Active listening. When people say they are listening, this doesn’t always mean they are actually listening. Sometimes they are just thinking of what they will say next. This leads to some of the speaker’s message being lost. When someone speaks to you, stop your thoughts and resolve to actively listen to the person speaking. Think of your response when they’re finished with what they have to say.

2. Having a positive outlook. Supportive people are always happy for their friends when they accomplish something, and help when things go awry. This is impossible to do if you don’t have a positive outlook on life. If you constantly see the negative side of a situation, it’s time to change your outlook so you can be a more supportive person.

3. Going the extra mile. When you are truly a supportive person, you will always go the extra mile for the person you care about. This means if your friend has a rough time, that you check in daily. Or maybe if they need something done, you do it for them, even if it may be an inconvenience to you.

4. Offering encouragement. No matter what your friends may be pursuing in their lives, the number one habit of a supportive person is that they always offer encouragement. Even if you may not think something is the greatest for your friend, it is their life and not yours. It is your job to encourage them regardless of the situation.

5. Having empathy. Although you may not always think that the issues your friends are approaching you with are a big deal, a supportive person always has empathy, whatever the situation may be. If you struggle with feeling empathy, try putting yourself in your friend’s shoes and thinking about how you would feel if you were in the same situation.

It won’t be easy, but once you’ve developed the above habits, you will quickly be on your way to being a more supportive person to your friends, family, and yourself.


I am Dr. Hassan, Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own independent practice so that they can achieve financial independence and live without limits. Please go to businessandrehab.com/guide to pick up the free guide to help you determine the best business entity for your new practice.


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