If you want career, financial, and social success, don’t beat up your opponents too badly while smiling if you know what’s good for you. This advice might sound odd, but not adhering to it can have tremendous negative consequences.

Anyone who has ever jet-skied knows it’s impossible not to smile while riding the waves. Well, I can’t help but smile when I’m playing any sport because sports bring me immense joy—sometimes to the detriment of my opponents.

However, since none of us are turning pro, there’s no need to take sports so seriously when playing as adults. We’re there to have fun and avoid injury!

At 47, all I want to do is play a sport and walk away injury-free. It’s a scintillating feeling of getting away with something–in this case, pain and suffering.

Beating Up Your Opponent Badly Can Show Low Emotional Intelligence

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