Temple Expiatori del Sagrat, Barcelona, Spain


 Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, Russia


 Jama Masjid, New Delhi, India


 Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia


La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

Architectural Digest

Architect: Dean Nota

Images:  My iPhone


Adrian Jon Photography


Special Thanks to Kristi George

 Canola Blooms in Louping, China

Extreme saline in the lake turns the water color red in Lake Natron, Tanzania

 Lavender Fields in Provence, France

 Procida, Italy

The base of Mount Figi in Shibazakura Hill, Japan

The World Heritage Site, The Valley of Flowers National Park, India

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake in Tibet, China




They Ask Questions  People like to know you’re listening, and something as simple as a clarification question shows that not only are you listening, you also care about what they’re saying. You’ll be surprised how much respect and appreciation you gain just by asking questions.

They Are Genuine  Being genuine and honest is essential to being likable. People gravitate toward those who are genuine because they know they can trust them. It is difficult to like someone when you don’t know who they really are and how they really feel.  Likable people know who they are. They are confident enough to be comfortable in their own skin. By concentrating on what drives you and makes you happy as an individual, you become a much more interesting person than if you attempt to win people over by making choices that you think will make them like you.

They Don’t Pass Judgment  If you want to be likable you must be open-minded. Being open-minded makes you approachable and interesting to others. No one wants to have a conversation with someone who has already formed an opinion and is not willing to listen.  To eliminate preconceived notions and judgment, you need to see the world through other people’s eyes. 

They Don’t Seek Attention  You don’t need to develop a big, extroverted personality to be likable. Simply being friendly and considerate is all you need to win people over. When you speak in a friendly, confident, and concise manner, you will notice that people are much more attentive and persuadable than if you try to show them you’re important. People catch on to your attitude quickly and are more attracted to the right attitude than what—or how many people—you know.  

When you’re being given attention, such as when you’re being recognized for an accomplishment, shift the focus to all the people who worked hard to help you get there. This may sound cliché, but if it’s genuine, the fact that you pay attention to others and appreciate their help will show that you’re appreciative and humble—two adjectives that are closely tied to likability.

They Are Consistent  Few things make you more unlikable than when you’re all over the place. When people approach you, they like to know whom they’re dealing with and what sort of response they can expect. To be consistent you must be reliable, and you must ensure that even when your mood goes up and down it doesn’t affect how you treat other people.

They Know When To Open Up  Be careful to avoid sharing personal problems and confessions too quickly, as this will get you labeled a complainer. Likable people let the other person guide when it’s the right time for them to open up.

They Balance Passion and Fun  People gravitate toward those who are passionate. That said, it’s easy for passionate people to come across as too serious or uninterested because they tend to get absorbed in their work. Likable people balance their passion with the ability to have fun. At work they are serious, yet friendly. They still get things done because they are socially effective in short amounts of time and they capitalize on valuable social moments. They minimize small talk and gossip and instead focus on having meaningful interactions with their coworkers. They remember what you said to them yesterday or last week, which shows that you’re just as important to them as their work.

Bringing It All Together  Likable people are invaluable and unique. They network with ease, promote harmony, bring out the best in everyone around them, and generally seem to have the most fun. 

- Dr. Travis Bradberry 

Quote: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

The way we think is the way we live.
The way we live determines the quality of our life.  As they say‚Ķ start at home.
Start early!

-Mariam E.