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By David RichmanNational Director, Eaton Vance Advisor Institute

Whoever says a bit of binging is not good for our health and well-being just might be wrong when it comes to the heartwarming show, "Ted Lasso." Not to worry, no spoiler alert needed.

Ted, an optimistic and resilient coach, reminds us to "be curious, not judgmental" (Walt Whitman). Perhaps, you too can benefit from this sage advice when in conversation with a prospect, client or team member who sees things a bit differently than you do.

Consider the first dynamic of "Chasing Positivity®" — communicating empathically. If our first thought is to judge another person's perspective, it becomes extremely challenging to be empathic. After all, how can you see the world through another person's eyes if you are looking through your own judgmental lens?

When we lead with genuine interest, we are on a far more productive path. A powerful shift in mindset can take shape if you replace that judgmental thought — "It's crazy he sees things this way" — with a curious one — "I wonder why he sees things this way?" This shift in mindset can lead you down the path of exploration as you seek to understand a different perspective.

Bottom line: Chase positivity by always leading with genuine interest and avoiding judgment.