To give others the benefit of the doubt is to evaluate others based on their intentions, rather than evaluating others based on their actions.
The Golden Rule, “Treat others as you would like to be treated,” underscores this timeless value- but only partially.
Everyone desires to be given the benefit of the doubt. All people want to be judged based on their intentions.
When you expect more of yourself and give others the benefit of the doubt, you become the bigger person and you become the model of reference.
When you give others the benefit of the doubt, you are telling others that you care more about the relationship than you do about the situation.
Take an extra moment to look at others’ intentions and to give others the benefit of the doubt because when you do, it will automatically increase the quality of your relationships and the quality of your being.
Give others the benefit of the doubt so that you can treat others how they want to be treated.