I've benefitted quite a bit from taking a "yes, and" approach to twitter (and life) recently.

Typically a kind of lame rule of improv groups, I feel it can be a useful heuristic for relationships and people generally.
The basic idea is to see if it is at all possible to say "yes" (see the basic truth in what someone is saying/doing) and then saying "and" (how can I extend this with my own experiences/skills?)
Often when you add and encourage another, they think of what they're saying/doing in a deeper way than their contribution alone.

This is an example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
I wonder how this works across social contexts? I wonder the potential upsides for collaboration if we all did less "but akshualllyy" and a little more "yes, and"
This doesn't mean to be insincere about what feels true to you. If there is no room for "yes, and" maybe it makes sense in more cases than not to just be quiet.

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