Stop Apologizing, Start Thanking

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Over-apologizing can undermine your authority and negatively impact your career. It’s not just a hypothesis—studies show that women do apologize more than men. A University of Waterloo, Canada study found that women tend to apologize more often because they have a lower threshold than men for what they consider offensive., . According to Tara Swart, neuroscientist, “Apologizing when we have done something wrong is a real strength, but compulsive apologizing presents as a weakness at work and in personal relationships.”  Try saying thank you – it’s a win-win!